Ghosts of Spain

Ghosts of Spain

Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past

Book - 2007
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The appearance, more than sixty years after the Spanish Civil War, of mass graves containing victims of Franco's death squads finally broke the unwritten understanding among Spaniards that their recent, painful past was best left unexplored. Madrid-based journalist and 20-year resident Tremlett embarked on a journey around the country and through its history to discover why its people have kept silent so long, and here unveils the tinderbox of disagreements that mark the country today. Delving into such questions as who caused the Civil War, why Basque terrorists kill, why Catalans hate Madrid, and whether the Islamist bombers who killed 190 people in 2004 dreamed of a return to Spain's Moorish past, Tremlett finds the ghosts of the past everywhere. He also offers trenchant observations on Spanish life today, such as why Spaniards dislike authority figures, but are cowed by a doctor's white coat, and how women have embraced feminism without men noticing.--From publisher description.
The edge of a barber's razor -- Secretos a voces -- Looking for the Generalísimo -- Amnistía and amnesia : the pact of forgetting -- How the bikini saved Spain -- Anarchy, order and a real pair of balls -- The mean streets of flamenco -- Clubs and curas -- Men and children first -- II-M: Moros y Cristianos -- In the shadow of the serpent and the axe -- The madness of Verdaguer -- Coffins, Celts and clothes -- Moderns and ruins.
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co. : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck, 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780802715746
Characteristics: 386 p. ; 25 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Oct 27, 2014

In chronicling Spain's vibrant present Giles Tremlett, Madrid correspondent for The Guardian, disturbs the ghosts of Spain's past. Voices of the Spaniards he meets in his travels speak of the appalling atrocities committed by both sides during the Civil War, long hidden by a "pact of forgetting." While writing incisively about Basque separation, the gypsy roots of flamenco and the Madrid train bombings, Tremlett also includes highly personal accounts of living and raising a family in Madrid. Part modern social history, part travelogue, this is an affectionate and elegantly written book.


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