“The maquis were not criminals or bandits, but defenders of democracy and freedom”

The 25th anniversary commemorative edition of ‘Maquis’, by Alfons Cervera, is presented on Thursday at the Camargo Municipal Library and on Friday at the Gil de Santander bookstore

25 years after its first publication, ‘Maquis’, the novel signed by Alfons Cervera, is still current. Actually, he has never stopped being so, as its author explained in El Faradio de la Mañana.

The book is a novelized story that portrays the life of the anti-fascist guerrilla in the mountains of a country that has almost completely lost the memory of the Second Republic and what came after it, up to the present day.

“It is important to change the language with which this guerrilla has historically been spoken of. It must be made clear that these people were not criminals or bandits, but defenders of freedom and democracy». That is for Alfons Cervera one of the objectives of this book, now republished incorporating his own reading of the original 1997 version. «This is not the reissue of a dead book, because it is a book that continues to function practically as on the first day. It happens that those of us who read it in 97 are no longer the same and also now we have a law of historical memory that at that time was neither expected nor expected and few people wrote about democratic memory ». That is why he insists that the novel is seen with different eyes today, because the historical, political, ideological and cultural context of historical memory literature is not the same either. And to this, he adds, we must add that at least a new generation has joined the reading of this type of story.

This last point is key for the author, because those who were guerrillas, the ones reflected in the book, “have already fallen by the wayside or are very old.”

Another of the great values ​​of the novel for Cervera is that it confronts the denialism that is currently trying to prevail. «There are important writers who take advantage of the media loudspeakers to launch that revisionist discourse that what it contains is an attempt to deny what happened, to deny the coup d’état of 1936 and, from there, to confuse what the war was in this country and. hide the horror of the crimes of the Franco dictatorship. I, to the extent that I can, want to provide data so that this denialism is discussed and debated.

Alfons also values ​​the role of women in ‘Maquis’. He acknowledges that when the book was published in 1997, not even he himself was aware of what women represented in the novel, but over time he has been adding other readings that have allowed him to see the fundamental role that women and children played in the villages. «Women are essential for the survival of the guerrilla. They had the weapons, but they had dignity and courage when it came to confronting the powers.


The Department of Culture of the Camargo City Council will hold a literary meeting with the writer Alfons Cervera on January 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Library, in which he will be accompanied by members of the Colectivo Desmemoriados.

During the event organized by the department headed by Councilor José Salmón, Cervera’s novels will be addressed, in which he shows a part of the history of Spain narrated through voices that try to recover the dignity of the victims of the Civil War and those who suffered reprisals during the Franco regime because, as the author writes in one of his latest works, “victory invents the official story of defeat.”

Those interested in receiving more information can contact the Library by calling 942 254 112.

«Maquis (25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition)» is presented in Santander on Friday, January 20, at 7:00 p.m. at Gil’s Bookstore. The act will have the participation of Desmemoriados. Admission is free until full capacity


Alfons Cervera (Gestalgar. La Serranía. Valencia) has published the novels “Of vampires and other love affairs”; “Fragments of April”; “I never knew a heart so lonely”; “The dark city”; “The lion tamer”; “We will see each other in Paris, surely”; “The artificial paradises”; “The idiot’s laugh; L’home mort” (translated by the same author into Spanish); “The slowness of the spy”;» Those lives» (finalist for the 2009 National Narrative Award); “So many tears have flowed since then”; “All far away” and “Another world”.

His five novels that make up the so-called cycle of memory: “The color of twilight”; “Maquis”; “The still night”; “La sombra del cielo” and “Aquel invierno”, reunited now giving rise to “Las voces fugitives”, a total novel in which the reader will discover how the characters of one reappear in another and how the stories intermingle, configuring a unitary text. of enormous power and beauty.

His books of poems are gathered in “The bodies of crime.” And the newspaper articles and essays about him in “La mirada de Karenin”; “Border Newspaper”; “Gürtel & Company” and “I am not going to forget because others want to”.

“The maquis were not criminals or bandits, but defenders of democracy and freedom” – El Faradio | journalism that counts