Forbidden Territory and Realms of Strife : The Memoirs of Juan Goytisolo
For forty-five years, the expatriate Juan Goytisolo has been widely acknowledged as both Spain's greatest living writer and its most scabrous critic. In some thirty books of fiction, autobiography, essays and journalism, he has turned the Spanish language against what he derides as "Sunnyspain" , flaying the "Hispanos" while excavating their culture's Moorish and Jewish roots. This, his masterful two-volume autobiography first published in the mid-1980s, broke new ground in Spanish letters with its introspective sexual and emotional honesty. It charts the writer's unique journey from a Barcelona childhood violently disrupted by the Spanish civil war to student rebellion against the Francoist dictatorship and exile as a "self-banished Spaniard" to Paris in 1956. In Paris, Goytisolo fell in love with Monique Lange, befriended Jean Genet, and discovered his own homosexuality as he supported the struggles for Algerian independence. His passionate, iconoclastic pen spares no-one, least of all himself, in this striking portrayal of politics and sexuality in twentieth-century France and Spain.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 152 x 229 x 33.78mm | 690g
- 17 Jul 2003
- Verso Books
- London, United Kingdom
- Reissue ed.
"Goytisolo made sacrifices for both his literature and his politics. In a culture that now is evolved and permissive, but was then full of macho uptightness, his autobiography brought a note of total frankness." -- Edmund White "... a frank and solitary writer on a crusade for truth. He's pugnaciously honest about his personal life, which is not easy in Spain.... He's an outsider ... his own man." -- Guillermo Cabrera Infante "Goytisolo writes like no-one else, except maybe Genet." -- Neil Bartlett
About Peter Bush
Born in 1931, Juan Goytisolo went into voluntary exile in 1956 and has never returned to live in Spain. A bitter opponent of the Franco regime, his early novels were banned in his native country. He divided his time between Paris and Marrakesh until the death of his wife, Monique Lange, at which time he moved permanently to Marrakesh. Peter Bush has translated nine books by Juan Goytisolo, including Exiled from Almost Everywhere and Juan the Landless, as well as novels by other prominent Spanish and Latin American writers.