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Romanticising the fight against Franco

Autumn in Catalonia tells of Carla, an outstanding student at Barcelona University in 1964. She is in love with Luc, an easy-going fellow-student. But there is no oasis of peace in Franco’s Spain

A Welshman’s view of a sinister Girona

Chris Lloyd has published his third crime novel in pure Nordic noir style set in the provincial capital with a Mossa d’Esquadra policewoman as the protagonist

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Charles Bovary 'Officier de Santé'

£Strictly-speaking, madame Bovary’s husband was not a doctor, although M. Homais, the apothecary of Yonville, flatters him as such. No, Charles was a humble officier de santé (health officer). In the...

Spirit of resistance

The contrast of such a heroic city so bowed in submission to the church surprises an American documentalist

Marooned in a small grey country

The Kindness of Women is an autobiographical fiction based on James G. Ballard's life from when, still a child, he was interned in Lunghua camp in Shanghai, by the Japanese during World War II, through to the 1980s when he finally writes his novel Empire of the Sun about that inferno that Steven Spielberg turned into a film in 1987

Books of the month recommended by linguae

J.K. Rowling

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On Vulgar Errors

If I were to tell you that, according to Jorge Luís Borges, the best prose writer in the English language of all time was Sir Thomas Browne, it would no doubt surprise many, seeing as his name hardly...

Roman grandeur

A renowned American hispanicist is treated to a guided tour of Sagunt's newly restored Roman Theatre

The city of water and stone where I was born

In the most intense five days of her life to that point, as Catalonia's revolution of July 1936 explodes, a 22-year-old Helen changes from being a visiting journalist to become a committed radical

By the book in 2017

Jaume Cabré is top among the most anticipated releases for the first part of the year, with Rafel Nadal, Sílvia Soler, Ian McEwan, Jean Echenoz and Yasmina Reza