The Garden of Secrets

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Serpent's Tail, 2002 - Fiction - 152 pages
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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 storytellers--one for each letter in the Arabic alphabet--meet in a garden to tell the story of a poet, Eusebio, arrested in the early days of the Spanish Civil War. Eusebio, a friend of Garc a Lorca and his circle, had escaped assassination and fled to North Africa.

Born in Barcelona, Juan Goytisolo left Spain in hatred of Franco. He now lives in Marrakesh, Morocco.

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At the onset of the Spanish Civil War, a young poet named Eusebio is interned at the request of his family in the military psychiatric center in the Spanish city Melilla, on the Mediterranean coast of ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

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. He lives in Morocco.

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