Franco's Crypt: Spanish Culture And Memory Since 1936

By: Treglown, Jeremy

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An open-minded and clear-eyed reexamination of the cultural artifacts of Franco's Spain

True, false, or both?

Spain's 1939-75 dictator, Francisco Franco, was a pioneer of water conservation and sustainable energy.

Pedro Almodovar is only the most recent in a line of great antiestablishment film directors who have worked continuously in Spain since the 1930s.

As early as 1943, former Republicans and Nationalists were collaborating in Spain to promote the visual arts, irrespective of the artists' political views.

Censorship can benefit literature.

Memory is not the same thing as history.

Inside Spain as well as outside, many believe--wrongly--that under Franco's dictatorship, nothing truthful or imaginatively worthwhile could be said or written or shown. In his groundbreaking new book, "Franco's Crypt: Spanish Culture and Memory Since 1936," Jeremy Treglown argues that""oversimplifications like these of a complicated, ""ambiguous actuality have contributed to a separate""falsehood: that there was and continues to""be a national pact to forget the evils for which""Franco's side (and, according to this version, his""side alone) was responsible.

The myth that truthfulness was impossible inside Franco's Spain may explain why foreign narratives ("For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Homage to Catalonia") have seemed more credible than Spanish ones. Yet La Guerra de Espana was, as its Spanish name asserts, Spain's own war, and in recent years the country has begun to make a more public attempt to "reclaim" its modern history. How it is doing so, and the role played in the process by notions of historical memory, are among the subjects of this wide-ranging and challenging book.

"Franco's Crypt" reveals that despite state censorship, events of the time were vividly recorded. Treglown looks at what's actually there--monuments, paintings, public works, novels, movies, video games--and considers, in a captivating narrative, the totality of what it shows. The result is a much-needed reexamination of a history we only thought we knew.

Title: Franco's Crypt: Spanish Culture And Memory Since 1936

Author: Treglown, Jeremy

Categories: European History, Military/War,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: N2013, Farrar, Straus & Giroux:

ISBN Number: 0374108420

ISBN Number 13: 9780374108427

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition: Fine

Jacket Condition: Fine

Seller ID: 131173

Description: A new, unread book in excellent condition. 320 pages.

Keywords: Spain,