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The pathetic ETA members of Fernando Aramburu, the populism of Primo de Rivera and other books of the week


The critics of 'Babelia' review the volumes by Leonardo Sciascia, Fernando Aramburu, María Negroni, Jorge Antolín, Miguel Ángel Hernández, Alejandro Quiroga Fernández de Soto and David Jiménez Torres

Fernando Aramburu composed a magnificent portrait of a Basque society immersed in the poison of ETA's terrorist unreason.

He did it in the praised



And perhaps only he would now be allowed to make a work of fiction in which terrorists are treated with the resources of satirical humor and the picaresque novel.

He does so in

Hijos de la fábula

, where the protagonists are two young men signed up for the gang on two newscasts before it announces that it is laying down its arms.

In the work they display all their pathos and stupidity in adventures narrated with humor, although without ceasing to seriously treat the crude indoctrination to which many young people were subjected in that bloody time.



―book flaps, back covers, summaries― seem superfluous since they have not been written by the author who signs the cover, but not, at least, by the Italian publisher Sellerio.

Far from being so, they constitute an inexcusable corpus when it comes to composing the image of an eminent figure of European letters such as Leonardo Sciascia.

This is confirmed in the volume

Leonardo Sciascia, writer and editor

, our book of the week, which brings together the multiple writings that the Sicilian author wrote in his time as head of the aforementioned label.

Little jewels that also reveal the limitless intellectual world of the author of

El caso Moro

, the chronicle recently republished by Tusquets in line with the series

Exterior noche


In addition, this week


's critics are reviewing works such as the biography

Néstor Sánchez La conducta iluminada

, which portrays the controversial Argentine writer;

or the novels

El corazón del daño

, by María Negroni, and


, by Miguel Ángel Hernández.

Finally, we must highlight two essays,

The ambiguous word.

Intellectuals in Spain (1889-2019)

, in which David Jiménez Torres covers the meaning (sometimes reviled) that the word intellectual has had in Spain in the last 150 years;


Miguel Primo de Rivera.

Dictatorship, populism and nation

, in which its author, Alejandro Quiroga Fernández de Soto, portrays the coup general as "the inventor of right-wing populism in Spain."

Furthermore, he points to his dictatorial regime as more repressive and close to fascism than previous historians have admitted.

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Source: elparis

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