The Carpenter's Pencil
By (author) Manuel Rivas
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Carpenter's Pencil by Manuel Rivas
Book DescriptionIt is the summer of 1936, the early months of the agonising civil war that engulfs Spain and shakes the rest of the world. In a prison in the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela, an artist sketches the famous porch of the cathedral, the Portico da Gloria. He uses a carpenter's pencil. But instead of reproducing the sculptured faces of the prophets and elders, he draws the faces of his fellow Republican prisoners. Many years later in post-Franco Spain, a survivor of that period, Doctor Daniel da Barca, returns from exile to his native Galicia, and the threads of past memories begin to be woven together. This poetic and moving novel conveys the horror and savagery of the tragedy that divided Spain, and the experiences of the men and women who lived through it. Yet in the process, it also relates one of the most beautiful love stories imaginable.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099448464
(198mm x 129mm x 12mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Manuel Rivas
Low Voices, Hardback (July 2016)
Full of personal stories, set against a background of the ravages of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath at home, and the wider world as Coca-Cola sets up a factory nearby and news comes in of men landing on the moon, this coming-of-age novel offers a philosophical take on memory, belonging, and the nature of storytelling itself.
All is Silence, Paperback (May 2014)
Delivers a literary masterpiece about three young friends growing up in a community which is bound by a conspiracy of silence Fins and Brinco are best friends, and they both adore the wild and beautiful Leda.
In the Wilderness, Paperback (April 2011)» View all books by Manuel Rivas
An old lady, Misia, tells how the 300 ravens of Xallas are the warrior-poets of the last King of Galicia. A priest, Don Xil, explains to a peasant girl, Rosa, that the beautifully carved women in the local church are not saints, but represent the seven deadly sins.
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Author Biography - Manuel Rivas
Manuel Rivas was born in A Coruna in 1957. He writes in the Galician language of north-west Spain. He is well known in Spain for his journalism, as well as for his prize-winning short stories and novels, which include the internationally acclaimed The Carpenter's Pencil and Books Burn Badly. His most recent novel, All is Silence, will be published in English in 2013. His works have been translated into twenty languages.
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