La chanca / The Countryside of Níjar and La Chanca
Non-fiction , 1962
The Countryside of Nijar, written to evade Franco's censors, relates a three-day trip through this region in painfully objective language that artfully evades the implied political conclusion. La Chanca makes no such accommodation. Focused on the slum of the same name, this narrative harshly explores a real-life hell. Goytisolo's candid observation and vivid style make both texts exemplars of social realism, placing them among his strongest work.