Memory and Translation in La cabellera de la Shoá [The Hair of the Shoah] (2015) by Félix Grande

  • María Pilar Cáceres Casillas
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Languages at War book series (PASLW)


This chapter engages Derrida’s idea of hauntology and his views on translation with Memory Studies to analyse The Hair of the Shoah, a Jewish Holocaust-related poem which is rare in the history of Spanish poetry. Composed as a book-length poem by the important Spanish poet Félix Grande (1937–2014), a remarkable poet of the post-Spanish Civil War generation, The Hair of the Shoah is unique both in its theme (hitherto unexplored by Spanish poets) and its structure. The chapter discusses and frames Grande’s work within the context of the poet’s traumatic relationship with a shared collective past of catastrophe. The Hair of the Shoah is an outstanding translation of the death that inheres in trauma and it demonstrates Grande’s fidelity to the work of memory.


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  • María Pilar Cáceres Casillas
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  1. 1.University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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