“An anarchic heart” – on Pablo Martín Sánchez

The title “An anarchic heart” was used by J.A. Masoliver Ródenas for his positive review (in the book supplement “Culturals” of La Vanguardia, Jan. 23, 2013, pp. 6+7) of Pablo Martín Sánchez’ (Reus, 1977) first novel El anarquista que se llamaba como yo [“The anarchist whose name was mine”].

The editor’s description (taken from amazon.es)  reads more or less like this:  “In 1924, the anarchist Pablo Martín Sánchez, was sentenced to death by garrote, accused of attempting against Primo de Rivera’s dictatorship. His namesake, the writer P. Martín Sánchez, tries to reconstruct his story in this disturbing novel. Through the life of the protagonist and his world, we get to relive key moments of the making of the modern Europe, such as the birth of cinema, the anarchist movements of Paris and Argentina, the life of relevant intellectuals exiled to France, the Tragic Week in Barcelona, or the social conflicts of the old continent between the Wars. The stunned reader follows the protagonist’s destiny. His adventures and misfortunes will keep him or her trapped with a plot that is both, passionate and difficult to forget.”

The reviewer Masoliver Ródenas remarks the originality of an approach that, on the one hand faithfully narrates the historical facts, and that, on the other hand brings to life the characters by employing the tools of the novelist. Human conflicts, such as friendship, solidarity, treason, fear, and principally Pablo’s love for Angela, play a key role and make the novel so attractive. The protagonist is special as he is born without olfaction, cannot weep, and has got the heart on the right side. Other remarkable aspects are the personalities the protagonist meets (Blasco Ibáñez, Unamuno, Ortega y Gasset),  and the many places where the plot takes place (Béjar, Salamanca, Barcelona, Paris, Buenos Aires, Vera de Bidasoa).




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  1. Pingback: Snippet: Pablo Martín Sánchez’ “Yours is tomorrow” | literary rambles

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