An interview with Javier Cercas

‘The novel enjoys a freedom that no other literary genre enjoys. This is a privilege, and perhaps also a guarantee of its sustainability, on condition that we know how to make the most of that freedom.’ The novelist Javier Cercas talks to ‘Symbol’ about experimentation and the genre, history and fiction, and his influences in the Spanish language tradition.

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