Soldiers of Salamis

November 1, 2020
Soldiers of Salamis

A novel of the Spanish Civil War—a modern classic, aninternational bestseller, and a searing exploration of theunknowability of history.In the waning days of the Spanish Civil War, an unknownmilitiaman discovered a Nationalist prisoner who had fled a firingsquad and taken refuge in the forest. But instead of killing him,the soldier simply turned and walked away. The prisoner, RafaelSánchez Mazas—writer, fascist, and founder of the SpanishFalange—went on to become a national hero and ultimately a ministerin Franco's first government. The soldier disappeared into history.Sixty years later, Javier Cercas—or at least, a character whoshares his name--sifts through the evidence to establish whatreally happened that day. Who was the soldier? Why didn't he shoot?And who was the true hero in the story? Every answer yields anotherquestion in this powerful and elegantly constructed novel abouttruth, memory, and war.