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Such killings did occur, but Gironella removes all context and explanation, and so invalidates his own pretensions to balance.

I sold only His last novel, El Apocalipsis The Apocalypsecame out in Gironella disliked the propaganda novels praising Franco as much as he hated the “lies” of Republican writers. Gironella was profoundly Catholic. He was fated to be known after as the man privileged to earn a living from literature during the dictatorship, while other writers were silenced or published for small audiences in the insecurity of exile.


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Los Cipreses made Gironella rich, he built a luxury home and started travelling. Gironella’s rejection of the triumphalist trash written by other victors of the war and his courage in standing up to the rightwing of the regime have been largely forgotten. His aim was to be objective – he girojella more than books in preparation – and non-sectarian: Postwar, he was briefly imprisoned for smuggling.

Documentation and facts outweigh narrative.

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However, at the end of the novel, his lurid account of the murder of priests and nuns after the defeat of the Francoite rising in Girona damages the book. In he illegally walked over the Pyrenees – his smuggling route – into France, staying untiland writing the pages of Los Cipreses.

The second and third books of the trilogy are not so good. Big-selling travel books followed, the most famous on Asiasold and on Palestine.


No book in the Franco era was so widely discussed. Born in Darnius, Girona, after four years’ education at a seminary he left vkvir 14 and worked in Girona successively in a hardware store, a drinks factory and a bank. He set out to write the comprehensive novel of the Spanish civil war.

By josf Gironella’s obsessive documentary realism had buried his characters in historical detail. With the civil warhe left Catalonia and fought on the Franco side. Los Cipreses largely achieves this even-handedness: His novels show anguish and touches of nihilism, which in his private life made him prone to depression. Previously rounded characters unconvincingly change into bloodthirsty demons.