Tiempo de Silencio Essay

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The context in which Tiempo de Silencio was published, as well as the setting and themes of the book seem to reflect the official censorship that existed in Spain at the time. However, if one reads the novel from a philosophical instead of sociological perspective then the influence of censorship could be viewed as secondary to the purpose and themes of the text.
Luis Martín-Santos’ novel Tiempo de Silencio was written and published during the time of Franco’s regime, and because of this, as one would expect, the book reflects the climate of the time. In fact the difficulty that the author encountered in his attempt to publish the book is the first reflection of the censorship of the era; although the novel was finished in 1960 it was not
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Of course the content of the book is also critical; right from the very start one can see criticism within the text. In the first scene of the novel in the laboratory in which Pedro and Amador discuss the problem that they will have in obtaining more mice there is a scathing criticism. Although not direct, this criticism used comparison In order to make a negative comment about Spain, the two scientists having realised that their best option for obtaining more mice is to go to the chabolas where a man has some stolen mice makes comment on the fact that in Illinois in the United States, the place that the mice originate from, no scientist would have to go to such lengths to obtain them:
‘¿Pero no comprendes que es un ladrón, que no vamos a poder comprar a un ladrón lo que a nosotros mismos ha robado y que no es posible que la institución robada acceda a adquirir de nuevo a precio oneroso lo robado o lo que desciende de lo robado (por cierto, ¿qué garantía?) estando como estamos en un estado de derecho donde existen cosas tales como policía, jueces y capacidad denunciante del ciudadano libre?1’ This is of course a criticism of the manner in which the sciences are being treated in Spain; they are underfunded and not encouraged, and in fact barely tolerated. This situation as you can see, is presented as absurd, Pedro thinks that the idea of going to the chabola to buy the stolen
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