EBOOK NEW [El impostor] By Javier Cercas


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This remarkable book by one of Spain s most celebrated authors is a biography historical novel and a psychological analysis of Enric Marco 1921 a notorious Catalan narcissist and mediopath with nearly as many lives as a cat who ained fame by claiming to be a survivor of a concentration camp during World War II but was disgraced after it "was discovered that he was actually a volunteer worker in Germany during that time Cercas compares Marco to Don "discovered that he was actually a volunteer worker in Germany during that time Cercas compares Marco to Don as both men reinvented themselves in middle age after leading banal lives Alonso uixanoDon uixote as a medieval nobleman and Enric Marco as a mechanic in order to become heroic courageous and admirable characters Unlike Don uixote Marco sought the limelight and the adoration of the public to validate his fradulent existence which bears than a little similarity to the current President of the United States However Cercas also implies that Marco is a Spanish 20th century Everyman as his lies mirror those of nearly all Spaniards who passively accepted the fascist rule under General simo Francisco Franco for four decades but rejected him after the country s rapid transition from dictatorship to democracy after his death in 1975 Cercas spent well over a decade writing this book which was based on original research along with numerous interviews with Marco in Barcelona Both men manipulate each other for personal ain Cercas does so in order to complete the book and Marco seeks to reclaim himself as a hero *after his public downfall The only fictional component of the novel comes toward the end in an imagined *his public downfall The only fictional component of the novel comes toward the end in an imagined between the two men in which each describes the other s hidden motives weaknesses and desires The Impostor is an impressive multilayered work in keeping with Cercas s other novels about rebels men who stood up and said No in the face of #authority or public opinion and paid a heavy price as a result I have read all # or public opinion and paid a heavy price as a result I have read all Cercas s books that have published into English and in my opinion this is his most impressive work because of the reat effort he put into writing it his analysis of himself as a flawed man who is not all that dissimilar from Marco and in portraying Marco as both a sympathetic and a repulsive man DNF at 47% I am very very bored by the story and the punctuation is driving me round the bend an excess of colons and semicolons a lot of them in the wrong place Utterly fascinating book both as an investigative story and as a psychological profile First I must say there are definitely times where the author Katharup Mahabharat Khand 1 gets lost in the weeds with too much detail about the investigative aspect thus four instead of five stars but I thought the uest to understand the main character intriguing Marco lives in a fantasy world one that s interesting and fun than reality the author s son Raul told him after filming several hours of interviews with Marco Yes the father said He s like Don uixote And like that character Marco The Impostor is a true story that is packed with fiction – fiction created by its main character Enric Marco But who is Enric Marco A veteran of the Spanish civil war a fighter against fascism an impassioned campaigner for justice and a survivor of the Nazi death camps Or is he simply an old man with delusions ofrandeur .
Th elements of his real past William Faulkner said The past is never dead It s not even past it s always part of the present So why did Marco do it Enric Marco refused to accept Faulkner s dictum but worked full *time frenetically to escape his dark past and be born anew To paraphrase the authorThe real Marco *frenetically to escape his dark past and be born anew To paraphrase the authorThe real Marco an orphan forcibly removed from his mother a poor mentally ill woman consigned to an asylum who had been abused by her husband a boy who experienced a nomadic loveless childhood an adolescent inspired by a short lived revolution and crushed by a horrifying war a born loser who at some point in his life in an attempt to win the love and admiration he had never had decided to invent his past to reinvent himself to rework his life into a A Mood Apart The Thinker's Guide to Emotion and Its Disorders glorious fiction that would hide the embarrassing pedestrian reality He proclaimed that he was not who he was an utterly normal man a member of the vast silent cowardlyrey depressing majority who always say Yes but an exceptional person one of those singular individuals who always says No to evil Who at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War was an impassioned combatant against fascism an intrepid anarchist uerrilla operating behind enemy lines during the war and after the war the first or one of the first foolhardy resistants to oppose the victorious Franco regime and as a political exile a victim of and fighter against the Nazis a champion of liberty So why did Marco not stop with his ruse well into old age The author says that he was a mediopath someone who is addicted to the limelight He could not carry on without commanding constant attention being the hero Otherwise his whole world would collapse Such personalities are not all that rare The world has many mediopaths including politicians religious leaders and preachers business people personal wealth urus Odds are you know at least one mediopath I do The US had own version of such an impostor although his career was much shorter Binjamin Wilkomirski wrote a reputed Holocaust memoir Fragments Turns out he was a Swiss Gentile named Bruno Doessekker and had not been in any concentration camp If you re into stuff like this you can read the full reviewFiction Without Fiction The Impostor by Javier CercasOriginal Review 2014 11 24 The Impostor is the story of Enric Marco a fake holocaust survivor from the Flossenb rg concentration camp and one time chairman of the French association Amicale de Mauthausen Cercas labels it a novel without fiction presumably because literary awards for fiction are sexier than those for non fiction It #S Been Done Before As Cercas Points Out Referencing Truman # been done before as Cercas points out referencing Truman and Emmanuel Carr re but not poor Norman Mailer To be fair it s been done before by Cercas as well Ever since the success of Soldier of Salamis rescued his faltering literary career back in 2002 Cercas has been rafting fiction to varying degrees onto real life characters and events. History part essay part biography part autobiography – Javier Cercas unravels the man and delves with passion and honesty into the most ambiguous aspects of what makes us human – our infinite capacity for self deception our need for conformity our thirst for affection and our conflicting needs for fiction and for the trut. El impostor

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S hungry for fame and lory anxious that his exploits should be raven In The Memory Of the memory of world eager that men and women should talk about him love and admire him consider him an exceptional and heroic individual For three decades Enric Marco a Catalan mechanic was a prominent public face of Spanish survivors of the Holocaust president of a survivors association the recipient of a number of awards and distinctions He spoke at Parliament and freuently visited schools association the recipient of a number of awards and distinctions He spoke at Parliament and freuently visited schools into his 80s to tearfully recall his time at the Flossenb rg concentration camp the torture and killings he witnessed his eight months of solitary confinementMarco was a consummate storyteller a true fabulist He made himself the hero of every story the leading man that every woman wants He would include made up details in his stories to make them sound feasible such as when describing the sparse utensils in his camp cell and a comb for which I never understood the purpose And pretending to hear sea ulls and somewhat oddly children playing within earshot of his cell which he took as signs of hope that he would survive In his speeches Marco declared that a man may be humiliated brutalized treated like an animal yet in a moment of madness and supreme courage he can reclaim his dignity though it should cost him *his life and such moments were within the reach of everyone He captivated his audiences often *life and such moments were within the reach of everyone He captivated his audiences often many to tears The media ate it upBut the author and others investigating Marco s story would learn that Marco lied about everything his name birth date war wounds role in the Resistance against Franco It was pathological Every reat lie is constructed from small truths the author explains For example Marco had been in Germany during the war but as part of a voluntary work program established by Franco and Hitler He was arrested and put in prison as a Communist spy which he was not and was eventually released But he turns this into a long stint in the Flossenb rg concentration camp that would be the basis of his biggest lie yet a hoax that would lead to his downfall If you stake too much on lies you re lies will eventually catch up to youIn 2005 Marco s personal narrative was unmasked as a hoax by an obscure Spanish historian Benito Bermejo In the national uproar that followed some newspapers called for Marco to take his own life To pretend to be a concentration camp survivor and over to use it for his own lory was too much for true survivors After the scandal broke and his deception was unmasked the author writes he did not acknowledge his mistake did not stay silent did not know or recognize himself for who he was but refused to accept his true identity and actively defended himself in the press on the radio on television and on film He rushed to defend his imaginary I the heroic I people were trying to kill and he tried desperately to shore up the existence of this teetering fictional character wi. Charlatan who fabricated his heroic war record who was never a prisoner in the Third Reich and never opposed Franco but simply a charming beguiling and compulsive liar who refashioned himself as a defender of liberty and who was unmasked in 2005 at the height of his influence and renown In this novel – part narrative part. ,