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‘What is that to me?’ Jorge de Sena’s Sinais de fogo, poetry and testimony during the Spanish civil war

Gonçalves Miranda, Rui


Rui Gonçalves Miranda


The Spanish Civil War is featured in the works of Jorge de Sena as the moment which created a new level of political awareness and militancy. Sena’s incomplete, posthumously published novel Sinais de fogo/Signs of fire (1979), which draws from Sena's biographical experiences as a young student in 1936 Lisbon and Figueira da Foz, attempts a fictional inscription, for future remembrance, of the conflict’s impact on António de Oliveira Salazar’s Estado Novo regime, supportive of the alzamiento and Franco, and on the living conditions and political positioning of the generations which endured it. To this end, Sena’s considerations on poetry and testimony will assist in shedding light on the novel’s questioning of the roles and functions of – as well as relations between – art, politics, history, and individual memory. Ultimately, the novel will prompt a reflection on the meaning(s) and purpose(s) of communitas.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Journal of Romance Studies
Print ISSN 1473-3536
Electronic ISSN 1752-2331
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Gonçalves Miranda, R. (in press). ‘What is that to me?’ Jorge de Sena’s Sinais de fogo, poetry and testimony during the Spanish civil war. Journal of Romance Studies,
Keywords Jorge de Sena; Sinais de fogo; Spanish civil war; Communitas; Poetic testimony; Roberto Esposito; Jacques Derrida
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