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The virtues of the solitary bird

Author: Juan Goytisolo; Helen R Lane
Publisher: London : Serpent's Tail, 1991.
Series: Masks.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For Goytisolo, great writers are 'solitary birds' whose voice is an enchanting cry that pierces time. On his hospital bed, the persecuted narrator identifies with St John of the Cross, himself forced by the Inquisition to swallow his Treatise on the Qualities of the Solitary Bird. Through a scintillating succession of visions, soliloquies and ecstatic chants he converses with the banished saint. The agencies of
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Genre/Form: Allegories
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Goytisolo, Juan.
Virtues of the solitary bird.
London : Serpent's Tail, 1991
(OCoLC)551447518
Online version:
Goytisolo, Juan.
Virtues of the solitary bird.
London : Serpent's Tail, 1991
(OCoLC)608806747
Named Person: Ibn-i Farīd; John of the Cross, Saint
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Juan Goytisolo; Helen R Lane
ISBN: 1852421754 9781852421755
OCLC Number: 24638309
Language Note: Translation of: Las virtudes del pʹajaro solitario.
Description: 162 p. ; 20 cm.
Series Title: Masks.
Other Titles: Virtudes del pájaro solitario.
Responsibility: Juan Goytisolo ; translated by Helen Lane.

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For Goytisolo, great writers are 'solitary birds' whose voice is an enchanting cry that pierces time. On his hospital bed, the persecuted narrator identifies with St John of the Cross, himself forced by the Inquisition to swallow his Treatise on the Qualities of the Solitary Bird. Through a scintillating succession of visions, soliloquies and ecstatic chants he converses with the banished saint. The agencies of repression have changed but, as in the past, a hideous.

revenge will be wrought on the heretic whose work is seen to be as deadly a contamination as AIDS. Four hundred years ago, St John creatively ransacked in his writing the cultures of Christianity, biblical Judaism and Muslim mysticism. Juan Goytisolo now pays rich homage, with atonal dissonance and constant invention.

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