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The Speed of Light

The Speed of Light

Author(s): Javier Cercas

Location(s): Barcelona, Illinois, Vietnam

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1960s onwards



There are two main settings for this book, Barcelona and Illinois – and deals with experiences from the Vietnam War. An anonymous narrator guides us along, with Rodney Falk, a Vietnam War Veteran. They meet in the late 80s in the Spanish Department of the University of Illinois. Essentially a study of war, war crimes and relationships.

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‘A deeply affecting novel. A reflection on war, friendship, success and failure … Cercas’s novel carries a powerful warning for the war-hungry modern world’ Scotland on Sunday

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