State of Siege

State of Siege

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A writer looks out from his hotel room in Sarajevo at a city under siege. He watches a woman struggling to avoid the snipers as she makes her way home. Suddenly a mortar explodes nearby and he is killed. But by the time the Spanish military investigator arrives, the corpse has disappeared, leaving only a few personal effects and a notebook of stories and poems, marked with the initials, J.G. As the investigator continues his search for the man's identity, he begins to read the stories, of dreams of a rebellion of a city's underclass, of a district of Paris under siege that is ignored by the rest of the city. As he paints a compelling picture of a city laid waste by the barbarism of war, another picture begins to emerge, of a society so callous it is capable of standing by and watching its citizens be destroyed.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Spanish
  • 1852428392
  • 9781852428396
  • 1,881,446

Review quote

'At once an account of the siege of Sarajevo, a parade of postmodern storytelling techniques and an indictment of Western indifference' New York Times 'This short, chilling novel further strengthens the views of many who feel that Goytisolo could be Europe's next Nobel Prize winner' Bloomsbury Review Translated by Helen Laneshow more

About Juan Goytisolo

Born in Barcelona in 1931, Juan Goytisolo is Spain's greatest living writer. A bitter opponent of the Franco regime, his early novels were banned in Spain. In 1956 he moved to Paris. Since then he has written extensively on the city as melting-pot, the expulsion of the Moors from Europe and the art of reading. His novels include Marks of Identity, Count Julian, Juan the Landless, Landscapes After the Battle and The Virtues of the Solitary Bird. He lives in Morocco.show more

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70 ratings
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4 34% (24)
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2 4% (3)
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