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Spanish SpacesLandscape, Space and Place in Contemporary Spanish Culture$
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Ann Davies

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318221

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317750

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Forgetting: the landscapes of Gonzalo Torrente Ballester

Forgetting: the landscapes of Gonzalo Torrente Ballester

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(p.40) Chapter Three Forgetting: the landscapes of Gonzalo Torrente Ballester
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Spanish Spaces
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317750.003

This chapter discusses Gonzalo Torrente Ballester's use of landscape, space and place in his work. It analyses the geographical and historical implications of the nostalgic imaginary world that Torrente posited in Yo no soy yo. La saga/fuga de J.B., Fragmentos de apocalipsis and La rosa de los vientos are considered to illustrate how landscape, space and place function as sites of literary play. The dissolving landscape of Villasanta and the disappearing town of Castroforte are also described. This chapter shows that these landscapes share with Galicia the slippery and ludic tendencies discovered by Torrente in his own description of his homeland.

Keywords:   Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, landscape, space, place, Yo no soy yo, La saga/fuga de JB, Fragmentos de apocalipsis, La rosa de los vientos, Villasanta, Castroforte

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