If you are planning a trip to Spain, you might be thinking that it is the sun, sand and sangria
which is the part of Spain that is often portrayed in the popular media, but if you want a little more about the country you are traveling to know then it might be time to turn to a number of set books in Spain deeply into Spanish life and tell us something difficult history of the country.
it’s not so long ago that Spain has been divided by a bitter civil war and the years of fascism. It was not until General Francisco Franco died in 1975 after a reign forty years, the country was able to embark on becoming the democratic country it is today.
You can find out how it was for the Spaniards in those years by reading these novels.
“Guernica” by Dave Boling
The town of Guernica in the Basque region of northern Spain. In 1937, hundreds of residents were slain when the city was bombed by German and Italian warplanes. This inspired Pablo Picasso to paint a picture of the event – to help the horrors of pictures to draw attention to the Spanish Civil War. This novel is the story of the painting and the people depicted in this, we are immersed in the life of the Ansogegui family in the run up to the war and the devastating years of war itself – to follow them when they try to come to terms the impact of the conflict on themselves and their loved ones. If you want to know more about the Basque people and know this particular piece of history, then this novel is ideal.
“The Time of the Doves” by Merce Rodoreda
is located in Barcelona before, during and after the Civil War, this novel follows Natalia life through her suffering and depression. It can be a tearjerker, but it is also a story of hope and survival. And if you go to Barcelona, you can visit La Placa del Diamant, the Catalan original title of the novel, and a crucial place in the novel.
“A Manuscript of Ashes” by Antonio Muñoz Molina
This novel begins during the last years of the reign of Franco’s, in the late 1960s Minaya is a university student who is in prison for his role in a demonstration. He flees to the countryside to work on his thesis and is absorbed in a story from the past. It’s a mystery, a love story, and a picture of the complexity and the tumult of the Civil War.
“Winter in Madrid by CJ Sansom
As the title suggests, the location of this novel is the Spanish capital. Englishman Harry Brett was sent to Madrid by the British secret service to spy on an old friend. It’s 1940, and Harry is soon immersed in the political complexity of the post-Civil War Spain. There is also a love story or two …
“The Return” by Victoria Hislop
This novel is a curious mix of chick lit and historical fiction. Told in a mix of past and present, the novel gives a frightening picture of the war in the city of Granada. It shows how a civil war pits neighbors and even brothers against each other, while the chaos that follows destroys dreams and relationships of those who remain behind. If you are planning a visit to Granada, then this book is a must.
By all means enjoy the fantastic lifestyle and culture you will experience on a trip to Spain today, but if you want people to really understand that you meet on your journey, then one of these books will help you to do that. Immersing has a lot to improve your journey into the history of a city or country, so why not read these novels and take that first step. And when you’ve done that, there are to explore many more books in Spain ….