Diálogos de Salamina, Un paseo por el cine y la literatura

Diálogos de Salamina, Un paseo por el cine y la literatura / Dialogues of Salamis: A Journey through Cinema and Literature

Non-fiction , 2003

Ed. Tusquets

Writer and film director David Trueba was one of the friends to whom Javier Cercas gave his novel, Soldiers of Salamis, as soon as it was published. Around June 2001, before the explosion of the "Salamis phenomenon", Trueba had already decided that, after The Good Life and Masterpiece, his third feature film as a director would be an adaptation of that novel. Filming began in March 2002 and lasted eleven weeks. At that time, the novel – which was initially destined to become a cult book, at best – had been consolidated as "something more than a novel". Soldiers of Salamis had been at the top of the bestseller lists for several months and was in the process of accumulating national and international recognitions. Even now, this process doesn’t seem to have ended.

A Barcelona photographer, David Airob, did a formidable job of capturing certain moments during the making of the movie. For an exhibition of his work, Airob asked Cercas and Trueba to write brief captions for the photos. They thought it would be nice to bring them together in a book, an initiative that immediately seduced the novel’s publishers. To accompany the photos, they thought it would be interesting to add conversations between the writer and the director.