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Count Julian (Trilogía Álvaro Mendiola #2)

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Exiled in Tangiers, cut off from home and country, the narrator of Count Julian rants against the homeland he was forced to leave: Spain. The second novel in Juan Goytisolo's trilogy (including Marks of Identity and Juan the Landless), this story of an exiled Spaniard confronts all of Goytisolo's own worst fears about fascist Spain.
Paperback, Spanish Literature Series, 204 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1970)
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Justin Evans
I wasn't all that keen on Marks of Identity, the first of Goytisolo's trilogy. It had a couple of memorable scenes, but otherwise seemed to be difficult for the sake of difficulty. Luckily, CJ is substantially shorter, so I was willing to give it a chance; and I just read Gibbon's paragraph on the original Count Julian, which reminded me of this book.

And I'm glad it did. I only wish I knew i) Spanish and ii) much more about Spanish literary history, because I suspect there's a lot going on here
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David Harrison
This is the first novel I have read using 'stream of consciousness' as its mode of narration. Although somewhat jarring and confusing at first, the stream of consciousness continues on at a rapid pace and you become totally immersed in the world (both internal and external)of the character. For a while, I found the often random, interrupting, unconnected thoughts to be difficult to follow and caused me to lose sight of the main point of certain sections in the narrative, however they added to th ...more
Annie Primera
Serían cinco estrellas si le hubiera entendido algo =(
Iñaki Tofiño
Curiosa lectura para los tiempos que corren; ¿reivindicar la figura del conde don Julián, la traición y la invasión musulmana de España?
Evidentemente no hay que leerlo en clave "Charlie Hebdo", seguramente nada más lejos de la intención del autor que defender el terrorismo fundamentalista. Su idea es claramente otra: luchar contra los esencialismos, defender la hibridez, la mezcla, el Otro musulmán enraizado, mal que a algunos les pese, en la historia de España.
Un buen punto de partida para refl
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Daniel
he's at his excoriating best when he's writing about metaphorical vaginas
Emanuela
One of the worst things I have ever read. Boring, dull and disgusting.
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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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