Other literary forms
In addition to his novels, José Yglesias (ee-GLAY-syahs) contributed many articles and short stories to such respected publications as The New Yorker, The Nation, Esquire, The Atlantic, and The Sunday Times Magazine. He also translated novels by Juan Goytisolo and Xavier Domingo from Spanish into English. His four major nonfictional works have been praised for their clear narrative prose. Focusing on Spain and Latin America, these works provide the American reader with the all too rare opportunity to meet individual Spaniards and Latin Americans, to see their socioeconomic and political situation from their own perspective. In The Goodbye Land (1967), which first appeared in serial form in The New Yorker in the spring of 1967, Yglesias recounts his 1965 trip to Galicia, Spain, where his father, a native Galician, returned home to die. Some forty years after his father’s death, Yglesias visits his father’s birthplace in search of the many unanswered questions concerning his last years. In uncovering the truth about his father, Yglesias also discovers the captivating beauty of the Galician people. His second book of nonfiction, In the Fist of the Revolution (1968), describes the everyday life of a small town, Mayarí, in postrevolutionary Cuba, while Down There (1970) is a broader analysis of Latin American reality. Based on interviews he conducted in 1969 with various groups of politically involved Latin Americans (in Cuba, Brazil, Chile, and Peru), the book captures many of the hopes and frustrations experienced by Latin America’s militantly anti-American youth. In The Franco Years (1977), Yglesias presents a candid analysis of the controversial Spanish dictator Francisco Franco and the alternatives facing post-Franco Spain.