Makbara

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2008 - Fiction - 270 pages
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In Makbara, Juan Goytisolo -- widely considered Spain's greatest living writer -- again dazzles the reader with his energetic, stylistic prose, which he himself compares to a snake: cunning, sly, sinuous. But the themes in Makbara are perhaps more universal than in his earlier works. Makbara is full of its own kind of warmth, humor, and love. After all, makbara is an Arab word referring to the spot in North African cemeteries where young couples meet for romantic encounters. Sex, for Goytisolo, is clearly the greatest cosmic joke, the great leveller. "Sex," he says, "is above all freedom."

 

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Contents

COME FROM THE NETHER WORLD
1
RADIO LIBERTY
16
SEASIDE CEMETERY
43
SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI
55
LE SALON DU MARIAGE
79
SIGHTSEEING TOUR
134
HELOISE AND ABELARD
162
HYPOTHESES CONCERNING
190
NEWS FROM THE BEYOND
220
A READING OF THE SPACE
241
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Born in Barcelona in 1931, Juan Goytisolo has lived a life of political and cultural exile. A bitter opponent of the Franco regime, his early works were banned in Spain. Goytisolo currently lives in Morocco. He is the award-winning author of over twenty books, including the novels Quarantine, Marks of Identity, and Juan the Landless, all of which have been translated into English and published by, or are forthcoming from, Dalkey Archive.

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