'Written with considerable power and beauty'
When Jason Webster moved into an old farmhouse north of Valencia, he found by chance an unmarked mass grave from the Spanish Civil War on his doorstep.Spurred to investigate the history of the bloody conflict many of his Spanish friends still seemed to treat as taboo, he began to uncover a darker side to the country he loved. Witness to a brutal fist-fight sponsored by remnants of Franco's Falangists, arrested by the police, sheltered by a beautiful transvestite, and finally robbed of his identity, Webster encountered a hidden legacy of cruelty and violence. Could the dark, primitive currents that ripped the country apart in the 1930s still be stirring under the sophisticated, worldly surface of today's Spain?
'There are many . . . dirty deeds recorded but, partly because of Webster's essentially happy character, his heartfelt prose and his deep love for modern Spain and its vibrant people, this positive and optimistic book leaves an impression of hope after the horror'
'You are likely to be seduced by his powers as a storyteller' Independent
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