Almudena Grandes’ novel, El lector de Julio Verne, portrays the socio- literary coming of age of a young boy, Nino, in Fuensanta de. In the afterword to her latest novel El lector de Julio Verne, Spanish author Almudena Grandes confesses to a sentimental obsession with the Civil War and . Inés y la alegría y El lector de Julio Verne son los dos primeros títulos de la serie de novelas Episodios de una Guerra Interminable, en los que Almudena.

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Inés y la alegría + El lector de Julio Verne by Almudena Grandes

His tortured state derives from the disjuncture between his personal high estimation of an honourable and just masculinity, and the immense social pressure upon him to manifest the Machia- vellian form of it countenanced by Francoist repressive policies. During the nineteenth-century, Victorian fathers pressurised their sons to accede to the bourgeois model of masculine respectability through individual endeavour and enterprise, thereby inadvertently creating the very conditions of distance, all-consuming work, and filial independence that would culminate in their estrangement from their sons Villa Morgan posits that the uniform absorbs men into a generalized and timeless masculinity, while also symbolising a subordination of emotions to a larger rationality El lector de Julio Verne.

Beyond the father wound: Through the experiences of female characters, Grandes informs readers about institutionalized gender discrimination after the war. El lector de Julio Verne differs from these portrayals of masculinity insofar as it explores, in a more nuanced fashion, the problematics of Francoist masculinity in the postwar period.

Her assertion inevitably raises questions about the authenticity of the adult retrieval of childhood memories, which can be corrupted and inauthenticated by adult knowledge and the wisdom of hindsight.


Ensuing days of fighting with the maquis in the mountains and the killing of Cencerro, Antonino retires to his bed. Thus, the reading motif within this novel juxtaposes the world as perceived and understood by the young protagonist with an ideal world where masculine endeavour is richly rewarded and masculinity itself is unbounded in its grahdes.

This e-offprint is for personal use only and shall not be grandfs archived in electronic repositories. The capacity for independent action aside, the institutionalisation of masculinity provokes the enfeeblement of the policemen in la casa cuartel who present symptoms of vomiting and even incontinence Grandes This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

The promise of cultural materialism. In El lector de Julio Verne, these nineteenth century books are metadiegetic elements which shape and drive the plot forward, quickening the narrative pace by presaging future happenings, and also deepening characterisation. Thus, the child is sensitised to the moral caliber of the adults inhabiting his universe, and consequently, demands moral coherence of them.

Thus, the apparently compliant Francoist masculinity corresponded, in some cases, to a meaningless and artificial actuation, prompted by self-protectory instincts. The guerrilla fighter, who emanates virility and uncurtailed mobility, is likened to an insurmountable force of nature, who can easily outwit state forces.

Telling the stories of the anti-francoist guerrilla in twenty-first century Spain. Contact Contact Us Help. The father is willing the boy to become something greater in order that grzndes, the father, may be validated as a patriarch, capable of reproducing socially useful and economically independent citizens.

Inés y la alegría + El lector de Julio Verne

University of California Press. Mills EdsChildhood studies: Children are assumed to be infinitely more virtuous and uncalculating than adults Priestley Their unhealthiness inverts the widely accepted dichot- omy of Republican emasculation and Francoist hegemonic masculinity because it recasts the Guardia Civil, the putative epitome of Francoist masculinity, as victims of the prevalent masculine ideology, coerced by the quest for mere survival to participate in morally unconscionable acts of torture.

The enforcement of bourgeois respectability lies at the heart of father— son contention in El lector de Julio Verne. For him, the performance of masculinity does not solely revolve around the accomplishment of physical feats, the manifestation of economic status, and attractiveness to women, but is partially moral and ethical, cohering to a set of intransgressible moral boundaries.

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A brief theoretical and historical overview of masculinity in vetne postwar period is germane to vegne reading of this novel.

From Jules Verne to Tintin.

Entrevista con Almudena Grandes. Clearly, Antonino is both the embodiment and the victim grrandes an intrusive patriarchal and repressive society from which Nino must flee, and hence, the grande relationship between them stems from a tension between an unfulfilled father and the son who is just embarking on his quest for self-realisation. However, masculinity, during the postwar period, was irreducible to clear-cut polarities, because the fear generated by Francoist repression induced performances of masculinity that purposively concealed the ambiguity many Francoist supporters and reluctant adherents felt about the repression, and were, hence, inauthentic reflections of their true character.

Disillusioned by the cowardice and cruelty of the Civil Guards, Nino looks for literary heroes in the novels of A coerced conversion to National-Catholicism was common during the postwar years, and the fear provoked by the repression forced people to externalise a spurious subscription to these values in the public sphere Ryan Policing sexual boundaries, — Ana Efe eme rated it really liked it Jan 22, lectro Books by Almudena Grandes. Ribeiro de Menezes, A. Want to Read juloo. The narrator, the adult Nino, articulates the inversion of moral values as follows: Patricia rated it really liked it Apr 08, Science Fiction Studies, 20 1— The History of the Family, 14 3—