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|Language Note:||Text is on Spanish.|
|Description:||vi, 343 leaves ; 29 cm.|
|Series Title:||Collections of the Harvard University Archives., Dissertations.|
|Responsibility:||by Daniel Aguirre-Oteiza.|
Known for his oblique use of language, Gamoneda grapples with the climate of repression, censorship, and silence that characterized Francoism. Descripción de la mentira , with its enigmatic foregrounding of lies and lying, is at the center of my meditation on the interplay of poetics, ethics, and politics. This and other poetic works by Gamoneda shimmer as "contradictory testimonies" in which the act and memory of witnessing go, as it were, underground--only to "resurface," rife with loss, years after the Spanish transition to democracy. One of the animating features of Gamoneda's poetry is the fraught relation between the obscure and cryptic character of poetic writing and the public reading of history. In a profound and paradoxical sense, Gamoneda gestures at expressing something inexpressible, something akin to an irretrievable history of suppression, repression, and oppression, a history in which open, direct public discourse was (and in many ways remains) a lure, an illusion, a lie, a history that can only be "told" partially, elliptically, cryptically.