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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 "
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 19, 2009 Rochelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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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.. ;-)
maybe Lorca escaped. . .
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Juan Goytisolo Gay was born in Barcelona at 1931. A vocal opponent of Franco, he left Spain for France in 1956.
In Paris, he worked as a consultant for the publisher Gallimard while he was also working on his own oeuvre. There he met his future wife, Monique Langue and Jean Genet, who influenced his vision of literature. While living in Paris, he started the most experimental side of his books. Mi
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