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Soldiers of Salamis

Soldiers of Salamis

(2003)
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"Ceras has succeeded, with one perfectly crafted book, in single-handedly redeeming the epic genre."
Alberto Manguel


"... one of the few great books to have been made out of the madness of the mid-20th Century..."
Allan Massie


"With irresistible directness and delicacy, Javier Cercas engages in a quick-witted, tender quest for truth..."
Susan Sontag


In the final moments of the Spanish Civil War, fifty prominent Nationalist prisoners are executed by firing squad. Among them is the writer and fascist Rafael Sanchez Mazas. As the guns fire, he escapes into the forest, and can hear a search party and their dogs hunting him down. The branches move and he finds himself looking into the eyes of a militiaman, and faces death for the second time that day. But the unknown soldier simply turns and walks away. Sanchez Mazas becomes a national hero and the soldier disappears into history. As Cercas sifts the evidence to establish what happened, he realises that the true hero may not be Sanchez Mazas at all, but the soldier who chose not to shoot him. Who was he? Why did he spare him? And might he still be alive?

 
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Hardback Editions

February 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: Soldiers of Salamis: A Novel
Author(s): Javier Cercas
ISBN: 1-58234-384-5 / 978-1-58234-384-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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May 2003 : UK Hardback
Title: The Soldiers of Salamis
Author(s): Javier Cercas
ISBN: 0-7475-6315-2 / 978-0-7475-6315-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Paperback Editions

January 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: Soldiers of Salamis: A Novel
Author(s): Javier Cercas
ISBN: 1-58234-472-8 / 978-1-58234-472-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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Kindle Editions

December 2010 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Soldiers of Salamis
Author(s): Javier Cercas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   

December 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Soldiers of Salamis
Author(s): Javier Cercas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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