Construction Literary Magazine

Fall 2020

From Soldiers of Salamis

From <i>Soldiers of Salamis</i>

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Javier Cercas, Soldiers of Salamis

“‘Well, that’s a shame,’ said Bolaño, ‘a man of action is a frustrated writer. If Don Quixote had written one single book of chivalry he never would have been Don Quixote, and if I hadn’t learned how to write I’d be firing away with the FARC right now. Besides, a real writer never stops being a writer. Even if they don’t write.’”

When Bolaño steps into this story, he turns an amazing (metafictional) novel into an unforgettable one.