Title: The Young Assassins
Publication Date: 1959
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1959. Knopf. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Translated from the Spanish by John Rust. 276 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Guy Fleming. keywords: Literature Translated Spain. inventory # 4207. FROM THE PUBLISHER - The scene is Madrid; the boys, Páez, Mendoza, Cortezar, are the sons of well-to-do Spanish bourgeois families. But they could be young people anywhere today, indifferent, overindulged by comfortable parents, discontented with a world they have not made – a generation in search of kicks. For a while, striking out against their families, they eased their boredom by drinking and carousing. Uribe, a weak-willed lush with his grotesque fantasies and his talent for trouble, always provided diversion. But before long the need to translate their aimless discontent into some positive act of defiance made itself felt; ready for manhood, just emerged from adolescence, they felt compelled to commit themselves as a group to one irrevocable deed that would make them men. Conveniently Ana, a girl with deeply rooted political convictions, approached the gang with a plan: to assassinate the unsavory fascist politician Guarner. From the moment that the plans for the assassination are formalized, the tragedy of THE YOUNG ASSASSINS moves toward an inevitable climax with terrifying logic. And in the end there is more than one victim. Written when the author was twenty-one, THE YOUNG ASSASSINS was acclaimed in Spain, France, and Germany as a work of unusual talent, a fiercely honest, pitiless cry of protest, rooted in Spanish fatalism, a powerful voice in an age of angry youth. Jacket design by Guy Fleming. ‘Many of those who are now writing novels were only children during the Civil War. Through the eyes of children they saw, calmly, atrocious things. They forgot them. But there was a moment in their lives, as they grew up, in which they suddenly remembered them again. And they remembered them more and more as their bones grew harder and their blood richer. Not to forget them, for that is impossible, but to set them aside they have turned to writing fiction. After the first wave, the fleeting, journalistic wave that told of crimes and statistics. the second wave comes, the slower and more powerful one: the one that tells what is destroyed and awakened in our consciences.’ - This was the statement made by Juan Goytisolo at the age of eighteen about the new literature that he envisioned in Spain. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 4207
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