Sebastian Shakespeare

Friends, Fame, and War

The Speed of Light

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Javier Cercas’s first novel, Soldiers of Salamis, addressed the moral confusion of the Spanish Civil War and how it scarred a generation for life. The book was a deserved success and went on to become an international bestseller. His second novel, The Speed of Light, tackles a different conflict, the Vietnam War, and how it affected a generation of idealist Americans in the 1960s.

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