By Alison Ribeiro de Menezes
This leading edge ebook examines the emergence of a reminiscence discourse in Spain because the millennium, taking as its aspect of departure contemporary grave exhumations and the "Law of historic Memory." via an research of exhumation images, novels, movies, tv, and comics, the quantity overturns the thought that Spanish background is pathological.
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53 In refusing to submit to the military who take over the Spanish Cortes on 23-F, as the coup date is known in Spain, Suárez plays a central role in “defusing” what Cercas presents as Spain’s teetering on the brink of relapse into the antidemocratic ways of the past. His examination not just of the activities of the plotters, but also of the irresponsibly unstable atmosphere prevailing in what he pejoratively labels “el pequeño Madrid del poder,”54 reveals a dimension of the coup that is little commented on: the extent to which political and popular dissatisfaction with Suárez’s administration created the necessary space for antidemocratic heaves.
68 However, rather than settle for this easy interpretative line, I would like to draw attention to the manner in which Torres highlights the cross-over point between group concerns, or “collected” memories in Olick’s terminology, and the artistic mediation of both collective and cultural memories. 69 Torres labels the excavation that he photographs “a civil act and an exercise in citizenship,” underlining a sense of grassroots activism aimed at curing perceived failings of Spanish democracy. His work is thus a call to action rather than a considered reflection on processes of remembrance, and it implies a shameful betrayal by the left of their own political forebears.
Spain’s Shifting Memory Horizons: Jorge Semprún’s Vien te años y u n día Veinte años y un día is unusual in the larger body of Semprún’s narrative fiction, since it was written in Spanish, rather than French, and it is the author’s only novel dealing with the Spanish Civil War.
Embodying Memory in Contemporary Spain by Alison Ribeiro de Menezes