Books Burn Badly

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Vintage Books, Feb 3, 2011 - Fiction - 548 pages
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On 19 August 1936 u the day that Federico Garc a Lorca was murdered u books were burnt on the quayside at Coru a. From this incident during the early months of Spain's tragic civil war, and the ensuing years of Franco's dictatorship, Manuel Rivas interweaves memories, language and literature with an unforgettable array of characters to create a lively portrait of a people and a landscape, set against an historical panorama that stretches from the nineteenth century to our own times. This is a poet's evocation of his native land to which Jonathan Dunne's fine translation does full justice. Few novels become classics during their authors' lifetimes, but it seems safe to say that with Books Burn Badly Manuel Rivas has placed his native Galicia firmly on the map of European literature. Indeed, in these pages Coru a, the capital of Spain's most north-westerly province, becomes as firmly fixed in the reader's mind as Dublin does in Joyce's Ulysses.

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User Review  - Jane - Goodreads

I can count the number of books I have started reading and not finished on the fingers of one hand. This book is one of them. I got to page 218 of 545 and realised that I just wasn't enjoying it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Naila - Goodreads

I will eventually have to read this again. I fell in love with this book at the bookstore, 12 pages in. At the time, it looked really promising, both as a story and in the quality of the prose. And it ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

MANUEL RIVAS was born in A Coruña in 1957. He writes in the Galician language of north-west Spain. He is well known in Spain for his journalism, as well as for his prize-winning short stories and novels, which include the internationally acclaimed The Carpenter's Pencil. His works have been translated into twenty languages.

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