SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘Waiting for Columbus’ by Thomas Trofimuk

He appears out of the sea, washed up naked, in the treacherous Straits of Gibraltar. Seemingly delirious, and claiming to be Christopher Columbus, he is taken to an insane asylum in Seville, where astonishingly he starts to reveal the true story of how he set sail on behalf of the Spanish queen five hundred years ago.Consuela, a nurse at the Institute, is charged with helping … Continue reading SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘Waiting for Columbus’ by Thomas Trofimuk

SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘A Body in Barcelona’ by Jason Webster

Tensions in Spain are rising: political violence and social unrest have suddenly re-emerged. Madrid is trying to keep a tight leash on Catalonia, where the call for independence is getting louder by the day. The last time Barcelona moved to break away, in the 1930s, Spain quickly descended into civil war. Down in Valencia, a shallow grave is found among abandoned orange groves just outside … Continue reading SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘A Body in Barcelona’ by Jason Webster

SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Spanish Bow’ by Andromeda Romano-Lax

“I was almost born Happy.” So begins The Spanish Bow and the remarkable history of Feliu Delargo, who just misses being “Feliz” by a misunderstanding at his birth, which he barely survives. The accidental bequest of a cello bow from his dead father sets Feliu on the course of becoming a musician, unlikely given his beginnings in a dusty village in Catalonia. When he is … Continue reading SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Spanish Bow’ by Andromeda Romano-Lax

SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Frozen Heart’ by Almudena Grandes

In a small town on the outskirts of Madrid, a funeral is taking place. Julio Carrion Gonzalez, a man of tremendous wealth and influence in Madrid, has come home to be buried. But as the family stand by the graveside, his son Alvaro notices the arrival of an attractive stranger—no one appears to know who she is, or why she is there. Alvaro’s questions deepen when the … Continue reading SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Frozen Heart’ by Almudena Grandes