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Lord of All the Dead
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Lord of All the Dead (Paperback)

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Lord of All the Dead is a courageous journey into Javier Cercas' family history and that of a country collapsing from a fratricidal war. The author revisits Ibahernando, his parents' village in southern Spain, to research the life of Manuel Mena. This ancestor, dearly loved by Cercas' mother, died in combat at the age of nineteen during the battle of the Ebro, the bloodiest episode in Spain's history.



Who was Manuel Mena? A fascist hero whose memory is an embarrassment to the author, or a young idealist who happened to fight on the wrong side? And how should we judge him, as grandchildren and great-grandchildren of that generation, interpreting history from our supposed omniscience and the misleading

perspective of a present full of automatic answers, that fails to consider the particularities of each personal and family drama?



Wartime epics, heroism and death are some of the underlying themes of this unclassifiable novel that combines road trips, personal confessions, war stories and historical scholarship, finally becoming an incomparable tribute to the author's mother and the incurable scars of an entire generation.

Fiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945History & PoliticsLocal interest, family history & nostalgiaHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistorySpanish Civil War Publisher: Quercus Publishing Publication Date: 19/03/2020 ISBN-13: 9780857058355  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Javier Cercas was born in 1962. He is a novelist, short-story writer and columnist, whose books include Soldiers of Salamis (which sold more than a million copies worldwide, won six literary awards in Spain and was filmed by David Trueba), The Tenant and The Motive, The Speed of Light and The Anatomy of a Moment. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in Barcelona. ANNE MCLEAN has translated works by Hector Abad, Julio Cortazar and Enrique Vila-Matas. She has twice won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, for Soldiers of Salamis by Javier Cercas and for The Armies by Evelio Rosero, and in 2012 was awarded the Spanish Cross of the Order of Civil Merit.

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