Voices from War, a Privileged Fado

  • Daniel de Zubía Fernández


War necessarily involves encounters and experiences that can be expressed as voices that may haunt some of the individuals involved in such a traumatic event. These voices are usually generated from a combination of facts and fiction, leading to an expression of the mood and the tone of the individuals involved. This is illustrated in the work of Ronnie Quinn, an Argentine writer of Irish descent, and António Lobo Antunes, a Portuguese novelist. These writers present facts and fiction in combination as a means through which they can give voice and generate their discourses. Such discourses allow those who have lived through the Malvinas/Falklands War or the Colonial War to confront a past situation in such a way as to create a firm bond between those involved in that war and the voice(s) of the characters they use to explore the diverse consequences of these conflicts. Furthermore, these writers turn to historical facts as a source for a critical corrosive fiction. A plurality of voices is portrayed and mirrored by a historical memory in spaces where ther is no much rookm left for them, such as Buenos Aires and Lisbon. This essay looks into the issues of homecoming, voice and war, and analyses both important events in the history of the Irish diaspora, in the case of Quinn, and the histories of the Portuguese that returned to mainland Portugal, in the case of Lobo Antunes: both authors conjure a highly charged atmosphere voiced in the narrative present.


António Lobo Antunes Ronnie Quinn Voice War Dislocation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel de Zubía Fernández
    • 1
  1. 1.National University of Ireland-MaynoothMaynoothRepublic of Ireland

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