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Jose Maria Gironella

Los Cipreses largely achieves this even-handedness: Such killings did occur, but Gironella removes all context and explanation, and so invalidates his own condendos to balance. I sold only In he illegally walked over the Pyrenees – his smuggling route – into France, staying untiland writing the pages of Los Cipreses.

By then Gironella’s obsessive documentary realism had buried his characters in historical detail. Gironella disliked the propaganda novels praising Franco as much as he hated the “lies” of Republican writers. His last novel, El Apocalipsis The Apocalypsecame out in His aim was to be objective – he read more than books in preparation – and non-sectarian: The second and third books of the trilogy are not so good.


With the civil warhe left Catalonia and fought on the Franco side. 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.

Jose Maria Gironella Books – Biography and List of Works – Author of ‘Condenados a Vivir’

No book in the Condenzdos era was so widely discussed. Los Cipreses made Gironella rich, he built a luxury home and started travelling. 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.

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

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Previously rounded characters unconvincingly change into bloodthirsty demons. He was fated to be known after as the consenados privileged to earn a living from literature during the dictatorship, while other writers were silenced or published for small audiences in the insecurity of exile. He set out to write the comprehensive novel of the Spanish civil war.


Documentation and facts outweigh narrative. His novels show anguish and touches of nihilism, which in his private life made him prone to depression.

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.

Big-selling travel books followed, the most famous on Asiasold and on Palestine.