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Hispanibundance

A Spanish Family Portrait

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Acantilado

April 2018

320 pages

Essay, Human Studies

Original Title: La hispanibundia

“It is possible that hispanibundance is nothing more than vehementia cordis (the ardent heart) which, in Pliny’s view, was a distinctively Spanish trait. Counterreformation theologians responded to Luther’s theses with hispanibundance. Driven by the fever of hispanibundance, the conquistadors ventured into the deserts, sacred mountain ranges, and forests of the New World. Hispanibundance propelled the Invincible Spanish Armada to attack the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland. And with the pain of hispanibundance the best pages of our literature were written. Hispanibundance is the vibrant energy the Spaniard produces on being alive, whether believing that he is Spanish or not, accepting it or not, whether in forced exile or attempting to be a stranger in his homeland, a foreigner amongst his own people”.
Convinced that peoples can only change when they make an honest effort to know their history, Mauricio Wiesenthal makes his contribution in seeking to understand this complex reality which has been taking shape for centuries. For better or worse, we are part of it and heirs to it.

Praises

«Presenting a tour through the history and clichés of Spain, Wiesenthal does not lose sight of the European horizon which he has explored in such detail in earlier works».
Toni Montesinos, La Razón

«In this essay with more than fifty years of work behind it, Wiesenthal aims to explain Spanishness within the European paradigm».
Carlos Sala, La Razón

Details

Acantilado

April 2018

320 pages

Essay, Human Studies