The Virtues of the Solitary Bird by Juan Goytisolo
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Weaving together elements of philosophy, history and the terror of the Plague, this novel by the Spanish author Juan Goytisolo was inspired by the story of St John of the Cross.

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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 July 1, 1992 by Serpent's Tail. 160 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The solitary bird of Spanish writer Goytisolo's novel is a figure of many identities, all belonging to individuals in some way dispossessed.

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