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Makbara [Paperback]

Juan Goytisolo

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July 1 2008 Spanish Literature Series

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."


Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press (July 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564785068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564785060
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #768,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a hymn to sex as freedom' -The Guardian

About the Author

Juan Goytisolo was born in Barcelona at 1931. A vocal opponent of Franco, he left Spain for France in 1956.


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5.0 out of 5 stars This is Goytisolo's best work to date. July 9 1998
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First published in 1980, Makbara demonstrates a radical use of linguistic and structural experimentation. Now that Goytisolo has loosened his ties to his mother country (since completing the Mendiola trilogy), his search for his "authentic self" is challenged by the indomitable formalizations of the spoken language. The pleasure of reading Makbara comes from a reading which does not depend on such linguistic verbal formalities, and deciding whether other forms of communication are possible. This novel is intricate and challenging on all levels in accord with Goytisolo's intent that his writing is not for everyone to read.

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