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Katie Stafford


Blind Sunflowers

The demands of memory in Spain today.

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Blind Sunflowers was adapted for the screen by José Luis Cuerda, director of another popular Goya-winning Spanish Civil War film, Butterfly. Books & Culture readers will be familiar with other successfully internationalized Spanish Civil War films, such as Pan's Labyrinth and Soldados de Salamina. Novels and films like this are crucial for today's Spain. By telling previously untold stories, Blind Sunflowers honors the victims of Spain's great tragedy and reminds contemporary readers and viewers of their shared humanity.

Katie Stafford finished her MA at Stanford University in Spanish and Portuguese in 2008, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Spanish literature at the University of California at Davis with a focus on memory and the Spanish Civil War. She has lived in Spain and Colombia.

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