Barcelona, 18th July 1936. The young anarchist Valentina Mur is swept along on the tide of history. After her father dies on the day of the coup d’état against the republican government, she is driven to take part in the revolution that breaks out in Barcelona. Valentina attracts the attention of the charismatic young Russian Ramón Mercader who four years later, by order of the Soviet dictator Stalin, will murder the well-known political theorist Trotsky. However, she falls in love with Ramón’s cousin, Artur Ramoneda, the first-born son of a family of industrialists whom she meets the day the young man is arrested.
Premi Ramon Llull 2011 Award.
A gripping story with numerous main characters caught up in fascinating family intrigues that throughout the novel reveal surprising aspects about Mercader, a mysterious historical character. Trapped in the throes of war, the protagonists of this novel cling to love as their only path to redemption.
An objective portrait of Republican Barcelona.
Robert Laffont (France).