Books Burn Badly

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Random House, Feb 3, 2011 - Fiction - 548 pages
7 Reviews
On 19 August 1936 - the day that Federico Garc a Lorca was murdered - 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  - Jim - Goodreads

thoroughly enjoyed this, but could do with another read of it as I found it easy to lose track of who was who. Not sure if that's down to me not paying attention ir the style of writing - it would ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hannah Willmore - Goodreads

A long, slow read with no clear plot and very few memorable or sympathetic characters. Interestingly written, but really just an ok book at best. Read full review

About the author (2011)

MANUEL RIVAS was born in A Coruņa 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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