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The Garden of Secrets

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"This work deserves the highest recognition . . . no-one can deny Juan Goytisolo is the main Spanish novelist on active service."—Carlos Fuentes

"A beautifully written metaphor for what it means to seek out the truth in a world often dominated by lies . . . this author, now 70 years of age, is one of the most brilliant of living writers."—The Los Angeles Times

Twenty-eight s
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Serpent's Tail (first published 1997)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly

Translated from the original Spanish into English by Peter Bush.

Let me give Peter Bush a short lesson. "Philippines" is the country's name. Citizens of the country are called "Filipino/s" (male) and "Filipina/s" (female). "Philippine" (without an 's') is an adjective which means "of or relating to the Philippines." So you say "Philippine constitution" to refer to the constitution of the country. "Filipino" can also be used as an adjective with the same meaning as "Philippine" like when you say "
Jun 18, 2009 Baklavahalva rated it really liked it
If Danilo Kiš were Spanish, Moorophile, and gay (and we exchanged Franco-fascism for Stalinism), then The Tomb of Boris Davidovich would be The Garden of Secrets. Masterfully written. Made me want to hang out with kooky expats and popular-devotion saints. The cover is a little ridiculous.
Jun 10, 2016 STAVROULA NTINTA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goytisolo nos sorprende una vez más con su estilo tan peculiar. Una novela enfocada al infortunio que sufrieron los contrarios al régimen de Franco durante la guerra civil española (1936 1939).
Jun 19, 2009 Rochelle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: culturally literate readers who like a good story; people interested in Spain
Recommended to Rochelle by: I saw it at a book fair
Twenty eight stories told by imaginary storytellers from a variety of walks of life about an imaginary poet who left Spain just before the Civil War, some focusing on his politics, others on his North African life, others on his homosexuality, at least one on his imprisonment. A true cornocopia of stories that I found as compelling as the ones stories I know from The Thousand and One Nights of Scheherezade. As soon as I finished it, I began rereading. Readers familiar with Hispanic literature ar ...more
Nov 28, 2013 Χριστόφορος marked it as abandoned-books
I have never had this problem in which I could not find this book. I look at the DC public library; Kramer Books; Politics & Prose; Books A Million; and Kindle. It is available on Amazon, but even with my "Prime" supposed 2-day delivery--this book takes 2-3 weeks. I needed it for book club for next week, so I give up! Broken, defeated, and bitter.. ;-)
Aug 18, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
maybe Lorca escaped. . .
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Desde la trilogía formada por Señas de identidad, Don Julián y Juan sin tierra, que le situó entre los mejores autores de la literatura española contemporánea, la obra narrativa de Juan Goytisolo (Barcelona, 1931) ha derivado en cada nueva singladura hacia territorios inexplorados que cuestionan siempre el género de la ficción. Esta voluntad de ir a contracorriente ha propiciado la gestación de te ...more
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