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- DescriptionJuan Goytisolo is one of the most rigorous and original contemporary writers. Mario Vargas Llosa One of the most brilliant of living writers. Los Angeles Times An intimate account of travel in Andalusia during the 1950s, Juan Goytisolo's early, short narrative grimly revisits the province of Almeria, still under Franco's rule. The critic Ramon Fernandez Palmeral writes: More than a mere travelog, Goytisolo bravely chose to report the social and ecomic life in the Almeria of those Franquista years. He adds: Brave, most of all, because by publishing it, even at first in France, Goytisolo risked being sent to jail. To this day, the Andalusian tourist bureau highly recommends Nijar Country for its keenness and accuracy of observationhuman, botanical, linguistic, geographicalso tourists on site and in armchairs may superimpose those still haunting walls graffitied FRANCO, FRANCO, FRANCO on what Nijar Country also indicts as postcard Spain. Juan Goytisolo, Spanish velist and essayist, was born in Barcelona in 1931. He w lives in Marrakech, Morocco. His most famous vels are Marks of Identity (1966), Count Julian (1970), and Juan the Landless (1975), each of which was banned in Spain until after Franco's death.
- Author BiographyBorn in Barcelona in 1931, Juan Goytisolo is Spain s greatest living writer. A bitter opponent of the Franco regime, his early novels were banned in fascist Spain. Publishing Nijar Country in 1954, he was declared persona non grata. For years, he says, his name was better known in police stations than in Spanish literary circles. In 1956 he moved to Paris where he married Marcel Proust s cousin, the writer Monique Lange. After her death in 1986, Goytisolo settled in Marrakech, where he presently lives.Peter Bush, the internationally esteemed translator, brings Catalan, French, Portuguese, and Spanish literature into English. Nijar Country is his eleventh translation of a work by Juan Goytisolo. Bush was awarded the Valle-Inclan Prize for Literary Translation for The Marx Family Saga . Bush now makes his home in Barcelona.
- Author(s)Juan Goytisolo
- PublisherLumen Books
- Date of Publication19/04/2011
- FormatPaperback / softback
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLumen Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, maps
- Weight177 g
- Width150 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Translated byPeter Bush
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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