Naturally, I asked him what it’d been like to live through Pinochet’s coup and the fall of Allende. Naturally, he regarded me with an expression of utter boredom; then he said: ‘Like a Marx Brothers’ movie, but with corpses. Unimaginable pandemonium.
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Javier Cercas is a writer and, since 1989, a Professor of Spanish literature at the University of Girona, Spain. He is a frequent contributor to the Catalan edition of El País and the Sunday supplement. He worked for two years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. He is one of a group of well-known Spanish novelists - which includes Julio Llamazares, Andrés Trapiello, Jesus Ferrero - who have published fiction in the vein of "historical memory", focusing on the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship.
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