Nature as Enemy of Man in Julio Llamazares's Luna de lobos

O'Donoghue, Samuel (2014) Nature as Enemy of Man in Julio Llamazares's Luna de lobos. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 50 (3). pp. 356-370. ISSN 0015-8518

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To synopsize Luna de lobos as a fictionalized account of the struggle between Republican guerrillas and the Civil Guard in the immediate aftermath of the Spanish Civil War is clearly misleading. A close reading of the work reveals an additional protagonist in this guerrilla battle set in the mountains of northern Spain: the natural world. This article provides a close analysis of Llamazares's presentation of nature in order to support the assertion that the novel transcends the specificity of Spain's history to provide a broader existential study of man's place in the universe, in particular his relationship with the natural world. In Luna de lobos, nature is a hostile force that brutalizes the protagonists. This presentation of the natural world conforms to Llamazares's aesthetic concerns as a Romantic. For Llamazares, the relationship between man and nature has become irremediably fractured.

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