Goytisolo, Juan


Goytisolo, Juan

▪ Spanish writer
born Jan. 5, 1931, Barcelona, Spain

      Spanish novelist, short-story writer, and essayist whose early Neorealist work evolved into avant-garde fiction (novel) using structuralist and formalist techniques.

      A young child when his mother was killed during the Spanish Civil War, Goytisolo grew up hating the fascist dictatorship and the country's conservative religious values. From 1948 to 1952 he attended the universities of Barcelona and Madrid. From the late 1950s he lived in self-imposed exile in Paris and later in Marrakech, Mor.

      His highly praised first novel, Juegos de manos (1954; The Young Assassins), concerns a group of students who are intent on murdering a politician and who kill the student they have chosen as the assassin. Duelo en el paraíso (1955; Children of Chaos), set just after the Spanish Civil War, is about the violence that ensues when children gain power over a small town. After the publication of the short-story collection Fin de fiesta (1962; The Party's Over), his style grew more experimental, as in the novel Señas de identidad (1966; Marks of Identity), the first of a trilogy that presents a fictionalized account of Goytisolo's life and celebrates the Moorish roots of contemporary Spain. Reivindicación del Conde don Julián (1970; Count Julian), which is considered his masterwork, experiments with transforming the Spanish language, seen as a tool of political power. The novel excoriates Spain for its hypocrisy and cruelty. The trilogy concludes with Juan sin tierra (1975; Juan the Landless).

      Later novels by Goytisolo include Makbara (1980); En los reinos de taifa (1986; Realms of Strife); La saga de los Marx (1993; The Marx Family Saga); El sitio de los sitios (1995; State of Siege), a postmodern exploration of Sarajevo, Bos.-Her., in the early 1990s; Carajicomedia (2000; A Cock-Eyed Comedy), a vicious (and humorous) attack on the Catholic Church in Spain and Opus Dei; and Telón de boca (2003; The Blind Rider). He also wrote travel narratives, critical essays, and a personal memoir, Coto vedado (1985; Forbidden Territory).

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