Marks of Identity

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 352
Subject: Fiction, World Literature

Marks of Identity

Juan Goytisolo

Paperback(Out of stock)
9781852427672 (25 Sep 2003)
£8.99

About the book

A Spanish exile returns from Paris to his family home in Barcelona. The first volume of Goytisolo's great trilogy which includes Count Julian and Juan the Landless, Marks of Identity is a revealing reflection on exile. Goytisolo comes to the conclusion that every man carries his own exile about with him, wherever he lives. The narrator (Goytisolo) rejects Spain itself and searches instead for poetry, the word without history' Marks of Identity is a shocking and influential work, and an affirmation of the ability of the individual to survive the political tyrannies of our time.

About the author

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. In 2004 Goytisolo was awarded the Juan Rulfo International Latin American and Caribbean Prize for Literature, and in 2014 he won the prestigious Cervantes Prize in recognition of his life's work. He lives in Morocco.

Reviews

A masterpiece which should whet the appetites of British readers for the rest of the trilogy

- Times Literary Supplement

Juan Goytisolo is by some distance the most important living novelist from Spain ... and Marks of Identity is undoubtedly his most important novel, some would say the most significant work by a Spanish writer since 1939, a truly historic milestone

- Guardian

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 352
Subject: Fiction, World Literature

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