Culture Journal Ireland

The Silence of Others

How would it feel if you or a relative was coldly and callously murdered and buried at the side of the road in an unmarked grave. Imagine if you will that your grave is then tarmacked over to make way for a duel carriageway. This is just one situation faced by many of the families of people who were killed by both sides in the horrific events which took place between 1936 and 1939 when General Franco launched a coup in Spain against the democratically elected socialist government. Upon victory what followed was one of the most brutally oppressive regimes in modern day western Europe. Throughout the civil war and…

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Review of The Low Voices by Manuel Rivas

To my shame I don’t think I had ever heard of Manuel Rivas until a friend (fully aware of my interest in all things Spanish) bought me this book for my birthday. The poetry in Rivas’ writing is astounding. The way he recalls his childhood growing up in rural Galicia and the unique circumstances of growing up during the time of Franco gives Manuel Rivas’ writing depth and breadth that might not have been developed under different circumstances. Translated by Dublin native Jonathan Dunne, The Low Voices is a memoir of childhood, family, poetry, history and those moments in time which make growing up a magical experience. He has memories of…

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