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The Interplay Between Fiction and Testimony: The Representation of Republican Exile in Britain in Esteban Salazar Chapela’s Perico en Londres

García, BG; (2022) The Interplay Between Fiction and Testimony: The Representation of Republican Exile in Britain in Esteban Salazar Chapela’s Perico en Londres. Bulletin of Spanish Studies , 99 (3) pp. 449-476. 10.1080/14753820.2022.2105593. Green open access

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Abstract

Esteban Salazar Chapela, an author exiled in Britain after the Spanish Civil War, wrote Perico en Londres as testimony for Republican exile in Britain. This article analyses Perico en Londres as an early example of autofiction, arguing that Salazar drew upon autobiography and fiction to create a space of co-existence that embraces the contradictions and ambiguity of exile. Blurring the line between fiction and autobiography allowed Salazar to express his feelings towards exile without complete exposure and promote the testimonial value of the narrative by giving a detailed yet fictionalized account of the intrahistoria of Republican exile in Britain.

Type: Article
Title: The Interplay Between Fiction and Testimony: The Representation of Republican Exile in Britain in Esteban Salazar Chapela’s Perico en Londres
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14753820.2022.2105593
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14753820.2022.2105593
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Spanish Republican exile, Spanish Civil War, Esteban Salazar Chapela, Perico en Londres, Great Britain, Autofiction, Testimony, Memory
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10179121
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