Publication Date

April 2015


Bernardo Gonzalez


College of Letters,


English (United States)


Heridas abiertas, or “open wounds,” investigates Spanish historical memory of the Franco regime (1939-75) through three stories surrounding the controversial Valle de los Ca’dos (Valley of the Fallen), Francisco Franco’s monumental basilica and burial place. The stories explore the perspectives of an office worker in the 1970s and ’80s responsible for writing propaganda about the site; a young woman in 2000s Madrid whose grandfather is buried there; and an imprisoned laborer working on its construction in the 1940s. The work centers around the idea that the Valle de los Ca’dos, as a site of memory and a symbol of trauma, represents a microcosm for the complex relationship Spain holds with its memory of the Franco era.



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