Dr. Carmen T. Sotomayor
Señas de Identidad (Marks of Identity)
by Juan Goytisolo
Marks of Identity is pivotal in Juan Goytisolo’s career as one of Spain’s most recognized writers and essayists of the XX-XXI centuries. I wrote my dissertation on the converging of Orientalism in his works, and the 1966 novel, Marks of Identity, was “my introduction” to the writings of an intellectual that I deeply admire for the range and deepness of his production. Goytisolo’s incisiveness helps his reader to understand Spain’s conflicting recent history.