Memory, Violence and Utopia in Antzaren Bidea (2007) / El camino de la oca (2008) by Jokin Muñoz, a Basque Novel about the Civil War
Jokin Muñoz’s novel, Antzararen Bidea (2007) / El camino de la oca (2008), narrates memories of the Spanish Civil War in Navarre. The analysis combines narratology with Memory Studies. It concludes that this is a unique novel in the Basque literary system, thanks to the use of the space – Navarre’s Rivera (river-land area) –, repression exercised on civilian population and ideological depiction of characters. The main character is a Carlist (royalist-traditionalist) that feels nostalgia for the bygone days of the Spanish Republic when different ideologies could coexist in peace.
Keywords: Repression • Novel • Memoir of the Spanish Civil War • Ideologies • Basque literature