Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on Amazon. When you click on a Sponsored Product ad, you will be taken to an Amazon detail page where you can learn more about the product and purchase it. To learn more about Amazon Sponsored Products, click here. This essay collection examines the changing cultural, political and physical landscape of Spain as represented in Spanish crime fiction of the last three decades. The first several essays focus on crime fiction set in Barcelona and look at, among other topics, the symbiotic relationship between the city and the detective in Francisco Gonzalez Ledesma's long-running Inspector Mendez series; Manuel Vazquez Montalban's treatments of the Summer Olympic Games; and place and identity in Alicia Gimenez-Bartlett's Petra Delicado series.
Other essays examine regional and cultural illiteracy in Jorge Martinez Reverte's Galvez series and Spain's changing urban centers as represented in Andreu Martin's El blues de la semana mas negra.
The author of several articles and books on Spanish detective fiction, she lives in Plover, Wisconsin. She lives in the United Kingdom. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
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But the more luminous and beautiful a place, the further and darker is its shadow. Every society—Spanish included—has its scars and unhealed wounds, and crime, whether individual or collective, is the symptom of its disease. We Spanish writers are moved by the tragedy of life, compelled the weight of history the Spanish Civil War in particular , and concerned about political corruption and the effects of the appalling recent economic and social crisis. We provide literary x-rays of a country caught between the issues of modernity and the preservation of traditions immortalized by people like Lorca, Ortega y Gasset and Miguel de Unamuno.
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Somewhere between the mythical Spanish fury and the desperate romanticism popularized by writers like Hemingway, Malraux, and Dos Passos lies the reality of Spain, a country in turmoil, searching for its identity in the 21st century. To understand a society deeply, one must read its writers.
I offer here a few of the best Spanish crime writers—an unfair and subjective list, to be sure.
The book opens with the body of Stuart Pedrell, an important entrepreneur, turning up in a marginalized part of town, having been stabbed to death. Un beso de amigo is the debut of investigator Toni Romano, retired boxer and connoisseur of Madrid crime.
The author was a journalist at Cambio 16 , the legendary investigative current affairs magazine, and has in-depth knowledge of actual murders and violence committed by the extreme right. He uses his experience to tackle topics including political corruption and terrorism. Everything is a search: Lorenzo Silva is an attorney by training and one of the most award-winning writers of the Spanish crime genre. Silva regularly reads up on actual corruption cases, often using them as inspiration.
The action in this novel begins with a naked corpse found chained to a bed in a sleazy hotel. Sergeant Bevilacqua, our anomalous Civil Guard criminal investigator, and his assistant Chamorro, are charged with solving the crime. The investigation that follows is no mere police inquiry: And the key, as in alchemy, lies in patience.
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