The Cartographer. Warszawa, 1:400.000, Juan Mayorga, translated by Sarah Maitland

Maitland, Sarah. 2014. The Cartographer. Warszawa, 1:400.000, Juan Mayorga, translated by Sarah Maitland. In: Estela Schindel and Pamela Colombo, eds. Space and the Memories of Violence: Landscapes of Erasure, Disappearance and Exception. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-38090-6 [Book Section]

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During the Second World War, Warsaw’s Jewish citizens were forcibly detained by occupying German forces within a large dividing wall, separating the Jewish ghetto from the rest of the city. Out of this oppressive geography emerges the story of a boy and his grandfather, a master cartographer and mentor to the boy as he reveals to him a geography of resistance that re-imagines the walls that separate one person’s reality from another. By viewing the past as a map that delimits the present, the play highlights the invisible borders of exclusion and oppression that operate as its contours, cartographies to which we are all prone to adopting. Look out for the forthcoming Spanish revision by Juan Mayorga of his original play.

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