Author: Alberto Méndez
Translator: Nick Caistor
Original language: Spanish
Published by: Arcadia Books, 2008
This novel captures the everyday suffering of civilians in Franco's Spain.
A captain in Franco's army renounces winning the war on the very day of victory; a young poet flees with his pregnant girlfriend; a prisoner refuses to live a lie so that his executioner can be held accountable; a lustful deacon hides his desires behind apostolic fascism. Four subtly connected tales, narrated with the individual styles of different voices but in the same spirit. These are stories from silent times, when people feared that others might discover what they knew. Whatever their affiliation, nobody survives unscathed.