Ghosts of Spain
Travels Through a Country's Hidden Past
By (author) Giles Tremlett
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Ghosts of Spain by Giles Tremlett
Book DescriptionThe appearance - sixty years after that war ended - of mass graves containing victims of Franco's death squads has finally broken what Spaniards call 'the pact of forgetting'. At this charged moment, Giles Tremlett embarked on a journey around Spain - and through Spanish history. Spaniards, he found, had tried to wipe both the Civil War and Franco from their memory. The graves were 'secretos a voces' - whispered secrets everyone knew about but did not discuss. History, Tremlett discovered, was a tinder-box of disagreements for Spaniards. Who caused the Civil War? Why do Basque terrorists kill? Why do Catalans hate Madrid? Did the islamist bombers who killed 190 people in 2004 dream of a return to Spain's Moorish past? The ghosts of the past were everywhere. Tremlett's journey was also an attempt to make sense of his personal experience of Spaniards. Why do they dislike authority figures, but are cowed by a doctor's white coat? How had women embraced feminism without men noticing? What binds gypsies, jails and flamenco? Why do Spaniards go to plastic surgeons, donate their organs, visit brothels or take cocaine more than other Europeans? Finding answers to those questions involved travelling some strange and colourful byroads.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780571221677
(220mm x mm x mm)
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 16-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Giles Tremlett
Isabella of Castile, Hardback (March 2017)
A major biography of the queen who transformed Spain into a principal global power, and sponsored the voyage that would open the New World.
Ghosts of Spain, Paperback (April 2012)
Spaniards are reputed to be amongst Europe's most forthright people. So why have they kept silent about the terrors of their Civil War and the rule of General Franco? Who caused the Civil War? Why do Basque terrorists kill? Why do Catalans hate Madrid? This book presents a journey around Spain and its history.
Catherine of Aragon, Paperback (April 2011)
Catherine of Aragon has always suffered in comparison to the heir - providing Jane Seymour or the eroticism of Anne Boleyn. But when Henry VIII married Catherine, she was an auburn-haired beauty with a passion she had inherited from her parents, Isabella and Ferdinand, the joint-rulers of Spain who had driven the Moors from their country.
In the Light of Medieval Spain, Hardback (September 2008)» View all books by Giles Tremlett
This volume brings together a team of leading scholars in Spanish studies to interrogate the contemporary significance of the medieval past, offering a counterbalance to intellectual withdrawal from urgent public debates.
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