Almudena Grandes’ novel, El lector de Julio Verne, portrays the socio- literary coming of age of a young boy, Nino, in Fuensanta de. In the afterword to her latest novel El lector de Julio Verne, Spanish author Almudena Grandes confesses to a sentimental obsession with the Civil War and . Inés y la alegría y El lector de Julio Verne son los dos primeros títulos de la serie de novelas Episodios de una Guerra Interminable, en los que Almudena.

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The content of the books only serve to exacerbate his inferiority complex about his lack of education, and his concomitant disproportionate reverence of educated people, just one of whom is the inept Don Esteban Certainly, throughout the narrative, the narrator hypostasises the centrality of reading to his affective well-being: Gender and Society, 19 6— His alternative father figures are proponents of unorthodox ways of life, who have effectively left civil society to live alone and to oppose the Franco Regime respectively.

Through the experiences of female characters, Grandes informs readers about institutionalized gender discrimination veren the war.

Daniel Escobar rated it it was amazing Jan 02, Help Center Find new research papers in: While literary resistance is the principal motif of El lector de Julio Verne, to my mind, the adult narration of childhood experience further counters bathetic nostalgia by casting an astute presentist perspective on past almufena, while also capitalising on the emotional traction generated by the child protagonist.

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Inés y la alegría + El lector de Julio Verne by Almudena Grandes

Ryan the younger generation with the slipperiness of the older ones Villa There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Following the death of Cencerro, Antonino laments his unmanliness to his wife, describing himself in eschatological and corporeal images: Science Fiction Studies, 20 1— In short, as their development accelerates, they become more capable of adjudicating on the moral issues concerning them According to Grandes, Cencerro was hailed as a modern day Robin Hood, a defender of the vulnerable against the powerful qtd.

University of Chicago Press. Eva rated it it was amazing Sep 10, Memory, materiality and mass graves of the Spanish civil war. He is explicitly related with anti- materialism and nature: Morgan posits that the uniform absorbs men into a generalized and timeless masculinity, while also symbolising a subordination of emotions to a larger rationality Critics of the novel assert that the reading trope constitutes a means of survival for the nine-year old boy, whose delving into literary works permits him to transcend of the despondency of post-war life.

Thus, the apparently compliant Francoist masculinity corresponded, in some cases, to a meaningless and artificial actuation, prompted by self-protectory instincts.

Inés y la alegría + El lector de Julio Verne

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She shows in them a great realism and an intense psychological introspection. Moreover, he is harshly rebuked by his superiors, and is obligated to participate in the torture of the maquis, with no hope graneds ever being promoted Grandes This debilitated Francoist hegemonic masculinity has a detrimental effect on the father—son relationship.

Thus, they constitute the ciphers of the functionality and viability of both the artificial and biological father—son relationships. Ribeiro de Menezes, A.


The guerrilla fighter, who emanates virility and uncurtailed mobility, is likened to an insurmountable force of nature, who can easily outwit state forces. Masculinity is postulated by them as a sociohistorically located construction, determined by the prevailing gender ideology.

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In the afterword to her latest novel El lector gfandes Julio VerneSpanish author Almudena Grandes confesses to a sentimental obsession with the Civil War and post-war dictatorship Entrevista con Almudena Grandes. A brief theoretical and historical overview of masculinity in the postwar period is germane to my reading of this novel. Skip to main content.

The French colonial empire in juvenile fiction: Bringing his own criteria to bear on these adventure novels, the child is shown to be a critical receptor of the dominant images of masculinity. The uniform renders visible a collectivisation that contains an implicit threat of a neutered, deindividualised subjectivity.

A time of silence: In the words of Nino: Maria J Cumming rated it it was amazing Nov 05, Published March 4th by Tusquets first published September Throughout the novel, Francoist hegemonic masculinity, embodied by the Guardia Civil, is revealed to be a socially imposed archetype which forces them to suppress their ideological convictions, and engage in a violence that is repulsive to them.