A captivating examination of collective memory in Spain during Franco's dictatorship
Jeremy Treglown is a writer and critic who spends part of every year in Spain and has written about the country for Granta and other magazines. His previous books include biographies of Roald Dahl, Henry Green (Dictionary of Literary Biography Award), and V. S. Pritchett (short-listed for the Whitbread Award for Biography; Duff Cooper Prize for Literature). A former editor of The Times Literary Supplement, he has taught at University College London, Oxford, Princeton, and Warwick, and has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review. He lives in London.
Alert to nuance, resistant to over-simplification.... Intriguing
and passionately argued ... in the Gerald Brenan tradition * El
This is the most comprehensive, most perceptive book on Spain that I have read for a long time. I'm full of admiration for the scale of Treglown's undertaking, for its fine balance between storytelling and reflection and its subtle and deep political and aesthetic judgments, which touch on practically everything that irritates or pains me most about my country. Normally these matters are presented abroad with exasperating stereotypes and, at home, with intolerable factionalism. Spain, so obsessed with memory, is extraordinarily forgetful. This is a book that must be read, in Spain and abroad, by anyone who wants to understand the country's history, her present and future -- Antonio Munoz Molina
In a book ranging elegantly between travel writing, history, literary criticism and investigative journalism, Treglown unpicks the puzzle of Spain -- Giles Foden * Conde Nast Traveller *
Evocative and melancholy * Sunday Business Post *
Treglown's interplay of history with personal narratives is skilful and incisive -- Mercedes Camino * Times Higher Education *