Lord of All the Dead: A Nonfiction Novel Javier Cercas

Lord of All the Dead: A Nonfiction Novel

Author: Javier Cercas
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Book Title
Lord of All the Dead: A Nonfiction Novel
Author
Javier Cercas
ISBN
9780525520900
From the internationally renowned author of The Impostor, a courageous journey into his own family history and that of a country collapsing from a fratricidal war--his most moving, most personal book, one he has spent his entire life preparing to write. Javier Cercas grew up hearing the legend of his adored great-uncle Manuel Mena, who died at nineteen in the bloodiest battle of the Spanish Civil War--while fighting for Franco's army. Who was this young man? A fascist hero whose memory is an embarrassment or a committed idealist who happened to fall on the wrong side of history? Is it possible to be a moral person defending an immoral cause? Through visits back to his parents' village in southern Spain, interviews with survivors, and research into the murkiest corners of the war, the author pieces together the life of this enigmatic figure and of an entire generation. This sui generis work combines intimate family history, investigative scholarship, personal confession, war stories, and road trips, finally becoming a transcendent portrait of a country's indelible scars--a book about heroism, death, the persistence of the past, and the meaning of an individual life against the tapestry of history.Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Javier CercasPublisher: Knopf Publishing GroupPublished: 01/14/2020ISBN: 9780525520900Pages: 288Weight: 1.08lbsSize: 8.30h x 5.60w x 1.20dReview Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 08/01/2019 pg. 62Kirkus Reviews 11/01/2019Publishers Weekly 11/18/2019 pg. 69Library Journal 01/01/2020 pg. 84Booklist 01/01/2020 pg. 48
From the internationally renowned author of The Impostor, a courageous journey into his own family history and that of a country collapsing from a fratricidal war--his most moving, most personal book, one he has spent his entire life preparing to write.

Javier Cercas grew up hearing the legend of his adored great-uncle Manuel Mena, who died at nineteen in the bloodiest battle of the Spanish Civil War--while fighting for Franco's army. Who was this young man? A fascist hero whose memory is an embarrassment or a committed idealist who happened to fall on the wrong side of history? Is it possible to be a moral person defending an immoral cause? Through visits back to his parents' village in southern Spain, interviews with survivors, and research into the murkiest corners of the war, the author pieces together the life of this enigmatic figure and of an entire generation. This sui generis work combines intimate family history, investigative scholarship, personal confession, war stories, and road trips, finally becoming a transcendent portrait of a country's indelible scars--a book about heroism, death, the persistence of the past, and the meaning of an individual life against the tapestry of history.

Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Javier Cercas
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Published: 01/14/2020
ISBN: 9780525520900
Pages: 288
Weight: 1.08lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.60w x 1.20d

Review Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 08/01/2019 pg. 62
Kirkus Reviews 11/01/2019
Publishers Weekly 11/18/2019 pg. 69
Library Journal 01/01/2020 pg. 84
Booklist 01/01/2020 pg. 48
From the internationally renowned author of The Impostor, a courageous journey into his own family history and that of a country collapsing from a fratricidal war--his most moving, most personal book, one he has spent his entire life preparing to write.

Javier Cercas grew up hearing the legend of his adored great-uncle Manuel Mena, who died at nineteen in the bloodiest battle of the Spanish Civil War--while fighting for Franco's army. Who was this young man? A fascist hero whose memory is an embarrassment or a committed idealist who happened to fall on the wrong side of history? Is it possible to be a moral person defending an immoral cause? Through visits back to his parents' village in southern Spain, interviews with survivors, and research into the murkiest corners of the war, the author pieces together the life of this enigmatic figure and of an entire generation. This sui generis work combines intimate family history, investigative scholarship, personal confession, war stories, and road trips, finally becoming a transcendent portrait of a country's indelible scars--a book about heroism, death, the persistence of the past, and the meaning of an individual life against the tapestry of history.

Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Javier Cercas
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Published: 01/14/2020
ISBN: 9780525520900
Pages: 288
Weight: 1.08lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.60w x 1.20d

Review Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 08/01/2019 pg. 62
Kirkus Reviews 11/01/2019
Publishers Weekly 11/18/2019 pg. 69
Library Journal 01/01/2020 pg. 84
Booklist 01/01/2020 pg. 48