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Los Cipreses largely achieves this even-handedness: Previously rounded characters unconvincingly change into bloodthirsty demons.

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

Such killings did occur, but Gironella removes all context and explanation, and so invalidates his own pretensions to balance. Gironella disliked the propaganda novels praising Franco as much as he hated the “lies” of Republican writers.


No book in the Franco era was so widely discussed.

Books by José María Gironella (Author of The Cypresses Believe in God)

In he illegally walked over the Pyrenees – his smuggling route – into France, staying untiland writing the pages girronella Los Cipreses. 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. Postwar, he was briefly imprisoned for smuggling.

Big-selling travel books followed, the most famous on Asiasold and on Palestine. He was fated to be known after as the man privileged to earn a living from literature during the vifir, while other writers were silenced or published for small audiences in the insecurity of exile.

Documentation and facts outweigh narrative.

Born in Darnius, Girona, after four years’ education at a seminary he left at 14 and worked in Girona successively in girlnella hardware store, a drinks factory and a bank. The second and third books of the trilogy are not so good.


He set out to write the comprehensive novel of the Spanish civil war. His novels show anguish and touches of nihilism, which in his private life made him prone to depression.

By then Gironella’s obsessive documentary realism had buried his characters in historical detail. With the civil warhe left Catalonia and fought on the Franco side. Gironepla was profoundly Catholic. 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: I sold only