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La orilla oscura

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Literature, Narrative



Original title

La orilla oscura

An imaginative novel by José Maria Merino the theme of which is a search for identity.

First published in 1985, the author speaks to us of memory, dreams and recollections in a reflection about the different ways of evoking the past by way of stories that combine the real with the imaginary. The novel's main character is at the centre of a series of stories, all of which are bound to his origin. Dealing as it does with the search for identity by way of the memory and imagination, the work is written is a symbolist style after Hofmannsthal and Kafka, though it is also heavily influenced by Poe and Unamuno.

The work was awarded the National Critics' Award in 1985.


National Critics' Award, 1985


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