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Books by José María Gironella (Author of The Cypresses Believe in God)

By then Gironella’s obsessive kose realism had buried his characters in historical detail. Gironella’s rejection of the triumphalist trash written by other victors of the war and his courage in standing up to the rightwing of the regime have been largely forgotten. Gironepla Cipreses largely achieves this even-handedness: Previously rounded characters unconvincingly change into bloodthirsty demons.

In he illegally walked over the Pyrenees – his smuggling route – into France, staying untiland writing the pages of Los Cipreses. Born in Darnius, Girona, after four years’ education at a seminary he left at 14 and worked in Girona successively in a hardware store, a drinks factory and a bank.


Condenados a Vivir (Hardcover)

With the civil warhe left Catalonia and fought on the Franco side. Los Cipreses made Gironella rich, he built a luxury home and started travelling. Gironella disliked the propaganda novels praising Franco as much as he hated the “lies” of Republican writers. However, at the end of the novel, his lurid account of the murder of priests and nuns after the defeat of the Francoite rising in Girona damages the book.

His aim was to be objective – he read more than guronella in preparation – and non-sectarian: Documentation and facts outweigh narrative.

His novels show anguish and touches of nihilism, which in his private life made him prone to depression. I sold only Big-selling travel books followed, the most condenwdos on Asiasold and on Palestine.

He was fated to be known after as the man privileged to earn a living from literature during the dictatorship, while other writers were silenced or published for small audiences in condenacos insecurity of exile. He set out to write the comprehensive novel of the Spanish civil war.


Gironella was profoundly Catholic. Postwar, he was briefly imprisoned for smuggling.

The second and third books of the trilogy are not so good. His last novel, El Apocalipsis The Apocalypsecame vifir in No book in the Franco era was so widely discussed.

Such killings did occur, but Gironella removes all context and explanation, and so invalidates his own pretensions to balance.