Exiled from Almost Everywhere by Juan Goytisolo
(Spanish Literature Series)

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Spain’s “greatest living novelist” takes on the Cyber Age.

In Exiled from Almost Everywhere, Juan Goytisolo’s perverse mutant protagonist— the Parisian “Monster of Le Sentier”—is blown up by an extremist bomber and finds himself in the cyberspace of the Thereafter with an infinite collection of computer monitors. His curiosity piqued, he uses the screens at hand to explore the multiple ways war and terrorism are hyped in the Hereafter of his old life where he once happily cruised bathrooms and accosted children. Ricocheting from life to death and back again, meeting various colorful demagogues along the way—the imam “Alice,” a pedophile Monsignor, and a Rastafarian rabbi—our “Monster” revisits seedy democracies that are a welter of shopping-cities and righteous violence voted in by an eternally duped citizenry and defended by the infamous erogenous bomb. At once fantastical and cruelly real, Exiled from Almost Everywhere hurtles the reader through our troubled times in a Swiftian series of grisly cartoon screenshots.
 

About Juan Goytisolo

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Goytisolo first became known in the United States for his novel The Young Assassins (1954), the story of juvenile delinquents corrupted by social conditions during and immediately after the Spanish civil war. His depictions of the spiritual emptiness and moral decay of Spain under the Franco regime led to the censorship of some of his works there, and he moved to Paris in 1957. In 1966 he published Marks of Identity, which would eventually form a trilogy with Count Julian (1970) and Juan the Landless (1975). Count Julian is an exile's view of Spain, with Spanish history, literature, and language derisively viewed for the purpose of destroying them so that they might be reinvented. Formally, it is a "new novel" along the lines of Robbe-Grillet's formulations. Makbara (1980), a misogynous novel, also attacks capitalism. Landscapes after the Battle (1982), based loosely on the life of Lewis Carroll is, in fact, a self-conscious novel concerned mainly with the problems involved in writing novels.
 
Published April 19, 2011 by Dalkey Archive Press. 153 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Among the many Spanish masterpieces that mysteriously never found an audience among English-speaking readers is a 16th-century novel, written entirely in dialogue in a mixture of Andalusian dialect and bawdy Italianised Spanish, by a Jewish convert, Francisco Delgado – later known as Delicado whe...

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Publishers Weekly

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Goytisolo (Young Assassins) misfires in this frustrating intellectual exercise, a circuitous journey into the virtual military industrial complex.

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