Picking Over the Wounds of Spain’s Recent Past Reply

Writer Javier Cercas

An Interview with Spanish Writer Javier Cercas

Boyd Tonkin writes for Independent.co.uk–Sometimes I feel like a party-spoiler, saying the worst things about the history of my country.” The Spanish novelist Javier Cercas is sitting in a cosy, wheeled “shepherd’s hut” on the Hay Festival site with his patient teenage son Raul. He speaks fluent, idiomatic English, but here I would gloss the Girona-based writer’s idea of “worst” to mean most contested, least resolved – in short, all the unfinished business of modern Spain. “There are answers but they are not the answers of journalists, of historians, of judges,” Cercas says of his books. “This ambiguity is the space that the writer gives to the reader in order to make the book his own … Without ambiguity, there is no literature. That is the magic of it.”

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Read more on Independent.co.uk: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/javier-cercas-interview-picking-over-the-wounds-of-spains-recent-past-9500996.html

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