Ghosts of Spain Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 3/4/2008
  • Publisher: Walker Books
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"Part modern social history, part travelogue,Ghosts of Spainis held together by elegant first-person prose...an invaluable book...[that] has become something of a bible for those of usextranjeroswho have chosen to live in Spain. A country finally facing its past could scarcely hope for a better, or more enamored, chronicler of its present."Sarah Wildman,New York Times Book Review The appearance, more than sixty years after the Spanish Civil War ended, of mass graves containing victims of Francisco Franco's death squads finally broke what Spaniards call "the pact of forgetting"the unwritten understanding that their recent, painful past was best left unexplored. At this charged moment, Giles Tremlett embarked on a journey around the country and through its history to discover why some of Europe's most voluble people have kept silent so long. In elegant and passionate prose, Tremlett unveils the tinderbox of disagreements that mark the country today.Ghosts of Spainis a revelatory book about one of Europe's most exciting countries.

Author Biography

Giles Tremlett is the Guardian’s Madrid correspondent. He has lived in, and written about, Spain for the past twenty years.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Edge of a Barber's Razorp. 1
Secretos a Vocesp. 17
Looking for the Generalisimop. 43
Amnistia and Amnesia: The Pact of Forgettingp. 72
How the Bikini Saved Spainp. 95
Anarchy, Order and a Real Pair of Ballsp. 123
The Mean Streets of Flamencop. 146
Clubs and Curasp. 180
Men and Children Firstp. 202
11-M: Moros y Cristianosp. 224
In the Shadow of the Serpent and the Axep. 254
The Madness of Verdaguerp. 291
Coffins, Celts and Clothesp. 324
Moderns and Ruinsp. 352
Afterwordp. 373
Acknowledgementsp. 383
Indexp. 385
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