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Los Cipreses made Gironella rich, he built a luxury home and started travelling.

Postwar, he was briefly imprisoned for smuggling. Big-selling travel books followed, the most famous on Asiasold and on Palestine.

His novels show anguish and touches of nihilism, which in his private life made him prone to depression. Previously rounded characters unconvincingly change coneenados bloodthirsty demons.

His aim was to be objective – he read more than books in preparation – and non-sectarian: 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 the insecurity of exile.


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

No book in the Franco era was so widely discussed.

Jose Maria Gironella

Gironella was profoundly Catholic. Los Cipreses largely achieves this even-handedness: Documentation and facts outweigh narrative.

The second and third books of the trilogy are not so good. In he illegally walked over the Pyrenees – his smuggling route – maroa France, staying untiland writing the pages of Los Cipreses. He set out to write the comprehensive novel of the Spanish civil war.

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 disliked the propaganda novels praising Franco as much as he hated the “lies” of Republican writers.

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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. By then Gironella’s obsessive documentary realism had buried his characters in historical detail.


With the civil warhe msria Catalonia and fought on the Franco side. I sold only Gironella’s rejection of the triumphalist trash written by other victors of the war and his courage conddnados standing up to the rightwing of the regime have been largely forgotten. His last novel, El Apocalipsis The Apocalypsecame out in