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    DescriptionIn the final moments of the Spanish Civil War, fifty prominent Nationalist prisoners are executed by firing squad. Among them is the writer and fascist Rafael Sanchez Mazas. As the guns fire, he escapes into the forest, and can hear a search party and their dogs hunting him down. The branches move and he finds himself looking into the eyes of a militiaman, and faces death for the second time that day. But the unknown soldier simply turns and walks away. Sanchez Mazas becomes a national hero and the soldier disappears into history. As Cercas sifts the evidence to establish what happened, he realises that the true hero may not be Sanchez Mazas at all, but the soldier who chose not to shoot him. Who was he? Why did he spare him? And might he still be alive?

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    Soldiers of Salamis
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Javier Cercas, Translated by Anne McLean
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 150 g
    ISBN 13: 9780747568230
    ISBN 10: 0747568235

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    DC22: 863.64
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000, JUV037000
    LC classification: PQ6653.E62
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    02 August 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Javier Cercas was born in 1962. He is a novelist, short story writer and essayist, whose books include El Vientrede la ballena (The Belly of the Whale, 1997) and Relatos Reales (True Tales, 2000). He has taught at the University of Illinois and since 1989 has been a lecturer in Spanish literature at the University of Gerona.
    Review quote
    'A truly wonderful, magnificent novel. It is understanding, intelligent, compassionate ... If you were required to read only one book about Spain and its civil war, this should be that book' Allan Massie, Scotsman 'A classic novel ... about the filtration of war's tragedies through memory and myth' Independent 'Very few novels have the power to alter received opinion, but this marvellous book may well be one ... A remarkable book' Sunday Telegraph 'This is an important, fresh and original book ... Above all, it demonstrates how eloquent and exciting fiction is still capable of being' Irish Times