The 5 best books by the brilliant Matilde Asensi

Matilde Asensi books

The best-selling author par excellence in Spain is Matilde Asensi. New and powerful voices like that of Dolores Redondo They are approaching this honorary space of the Alicante author, but they still have a long way to go to reach her. In her extensive career, by profession, subject matter and number of…

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The 3 best books of Ildefonso Falcones


Popular maxims and sentences should always be taken as guidance, on any aspect to which they are applied. I say this because the fact that it is more difficult to stay than to arrive would serve the case of Ildefonso Falcones. He arrived, reached the summit and, despite the difficulty of maintaining attention...

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The 3 best books by Luis Zueco

Books by Luis Zueco

I met Luis Zueco on a torrid and Zaragoza 23 April a few years ago. Dizzy readers passed by Paseo Independencia among so many books exhibited on that radiant Saint George's Day. Some requested the signature of rigor while others observed from the other side in case ...

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3 best Robert Graves books

Robert Graves books

As a result of reading the book The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, by Larss Mytting, I evoked the participation of the great Robert Graves in the battle that took place in that French region of the Somme, where more than a million soldiers died and in which Own …

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Books you have to read before you die

Best books in history

What better title than this? Something light, light, sibilantly pretentious. Before dying, yes, better the fewer hours beforehand to listen to it. That's when you will take your list of essential books and cross out Belén Esteban's best-seller, the one that closes the reading circle of your life... (it was a joke, a macabre one...

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The Wizard of the Kremlin, by Giuliano da Empoli

The wizard of the kremlin book

To understand reality you have to take a long path towards the origin. The evolution of any human-mediated event always leaves clues to be discovered before reaching the hurricane epicenter of everything, where an unintelligible dead calm can hardly be appreciated. The chronicles erect myths and their…

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Ken Follett's Top 3 Historical Novels

At the time I wrote my entry on the best books by Ken Follett. And the truth is that, with my taste for going against the current, I ended up setting three great plots that diverted the general view of the best-known works of the great Welsh writer in recent times. But with the…

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The years of silence, by Álvaro Arbina

The years of silence, Álvaro Arbina

There comes a time when the popular imagination is invaded by regrettable circumstances. In war there is no place for legends beyond the dedication to survival. But there are always myths that point to something else, to a magical resilience in the face of the most unfortunate future. Between …

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German Fantasy, by Philippe Claudel

German Fantasy, Philippe Claudel

The war intrastories make up the most noir scenario possible, the one that awakens aromas of survival, cruelty, alienation and a remote hope. Claudel composes this mosaic of stories with a diversity of focuses depending on the proximity or distance with which each narration is sighted. The short narrative has that great…

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The 3 best books by Hilary Mantel


After some hesitant literary beginnings between genres as disparate as historical fiction and the current romantic genre (that kind of rosy stories), Hilary Mantel ended up being a consolidated author of the historical. Under the umbrella of this genre, she was able to win two Booker prizes twice,…

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The 3 best books of Santiago Posteguillo

Books by Santiago Posteguillo

Probably the most original Spanish writer of historical novels is Santiago Posteguillo. In his books we find pure historical narrative but we can also enjoy a proposal that goes beyond historical facts to delve into the history of thought or art or literature. The originality …

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The reading girl, by Manuel Rivas

Reading girl, Manuel Rivas

A few months after appearing in Galician, we can also enjoy this great little story in Spanish. Knowing the taste of Manuel Rivas for squeezing the intrahistorical (and until the moment of being touched by his pen even anecdotally), we know that we are facing one of those committed plots and…

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