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The magic labyrinth

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Category

Literature, Narrative

Date

1943-1967

Artist

Max Aub

Original title

El laberinto mágico

This colossal project by the German-born writer Max Aub on the Spanish Civil War combines reality with fictitious events.

This novel by Max Aub was written in the form of a saga, published between 1943 and 1967, and focuses on the Spanish Civil War and its consequences. The author himself knew at first hand the hardships of the conflict, so much so that after spending time in France and Algeria he went into exile in Mexico where he wrote this magnum opus.

The saga comprises six novels: 'Campo cerrado' (1943), 'Campo de sangre' (1945), 'Campo abierto' (1951), 'Campo del Moro' (1963), 'Campo francés' (1965) and 'Campo de los almendros' (1967), as well as another 25 short stories describing various episodes in the conflict, and combining real and fictitious elements.

One of the most characteristic features of the work is the way in which it is written, in a style resembling a film script which alternates between documentary and fiction.

  

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