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Giles Tremlett
Faber & Faber; Main edition (April 5, 2012)
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Ghosts of Spain book. At this charged moment, Giles Tremlett embarked on a journey around the country and through its history to discover why some of Europe’s most voluble people have kept silent so long.

Ghosts of Spain book. The appearance, more than sixty years after the Spanish Civil War. Ghosts of Spain is the fascinating result of that journey. In elegant and passionate prose, Tremlett unveils the tinderbox of disagreements that mark the country today.

Further praise for Ghosts of Spain: ‘Tremlett’s love of the country is as impressive as the range of his interviews and travels. Travels through a country’s hidden past. Tremlett’s work will bring many who think we know Spain to confront what we have hesitated to acknowledge even to ourselves. An excellent and readable book for anyone interested in Spain. For Katharine Blanca Scott and our children, Lucas Tremlett and Samuel Tremlett.

Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past by Giles Tremlett 436pp, Faber, £1. 9. The small settlement of Poyales del Hoyo is an undistinguished village on the edge of the Gredos mountains in central Spain

Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past by Giles Tremlett 436pp, Faber, £1. The small settlement of Poyales del Hoyo is an undistinguished village on the edge of the Gredos mountains in central Spain. Perhaps it's not surprising that today it bears no trace of its dark and shameful past because for almost 70 years not even its own inhabitants dared admit the events that took place there on December 29 1936. On that night three women were herded on to a lorry and driven to a quiet spot where they were murdered

Tremlett (born Plymouth, 1962) is an award-winning historian, author and journalist based in Madrid, Spain.

Tremlett (born Plymouth, 1962) is an award-winning historian, author and journalist based in Madrid, Spain. He previously worked for The Economist.

Proudly integrated, linguistically adapted, accepted by friends and neighbours, I felt I had cracked Madrid. me like my hosts, a pseudo-Spaniard. But that did not really work.

Ghosts of Spain by Giles Tremlett proved to be the perfect partner to that book for me. It is very readable, informative and thorough in explaining the complexities of Spain it's cultures and it's people particularly since the civil war. I commend this book to anyone who wishes to understand. I commend this book to anyone who wishes to understand how Spain and it's people tick.

The Spanish are reputed to be amongst Europe's most voluble people. At this charged moment, Giles Tremlett embarked on a journey around Spain - and through Spanish history. So why have they kept silent about the terrors of the Spanish Civil War and the rule of dictator Generalísimo Francisco Franco? The appearance - sixty years after that war ended - of mass graves containing victims of Franco's death squads has finally broken what Spaniards call 'the pact of forgetting'.

Unlike so many of his colleagues passing through on their way to a post in Paris or New York, Tremlett, who has lived in Spain for the better part of two decades, is linguistically and socially integrated into Spanish life.

Giles Tremlett is the Guardian's Madrid correspondent. His books include Ghosts of Spain, described as a 'brilliant evocation of Spain. He has lived in Spain - and written extensively about the country and its people - almost continuously since graduating from Oxford University thirty years ago. vivid and sensitive' (Spectator) and Catherine of Aragon, which BBC History Magazine called 'Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Spain.

Giles Tremlett has an easy going, quite punchy style which made the coverage of so many subject areas achievable. I’m not sure if it is a good or bad thing that after reading it I have more questions than answers.

Spaniards are reputed to be amongst Europe's most forthright people. So why have they kept silent about the terrors of their Civil War and the rule of General Franco? This apparent 'pact of forgetting' inspired writer Giles Tremlett to embark on a journey around Spain and its history. He found the ghosts of Spain everywhere, almost always arguing. Who caused the Civil War? Why do Basque terrorists kill? Why do Catalans hate Madrid? Did the Islamist bombers who killed 190 people in 2004 dream of a return to Spain's Moorish past? Tremlett's curiosity led him down some strange and colourful byroads, and brought him unexpected insights into the Spanish character.
  • Mautaxe
What comes to your mind when you think of Spain? Does it remind you of a place where you can spend your holidays? I have never been to Spain. Judging by the postcards, movies and the excitement on the faces of my friends, I expected Spain to be an ideal place to spend your holidays. But little did I know Spain has more layers to it besides being a place for fun and frolic. It is also a place which is struggling to come to terms with it's ghosts.

Less than 40 years after the death of the Generalissimo, Francisco Franco, the people are still divided on what Spain went through during his reign. A lot of modernization happened under Franco. On the other hand, there was also a lot of brutality. Ironically, it was also a time when brother turned against brother or neighbour against neighbour. Even after all these years, Spain is still deeply divided on this subject and is reluctant in exorcising the demons. Modern Spain is trying to forget the past. At the same time, it is also trying to capitalize on the tourism. The tourism which has boosted construction has also ushered in corruption. At the same time, there are lone wolves who stand up against the tide. If this is not enough, nationalism is creating a division in the map of Spain. The Basques refuses to be Spanish. Similarly, Barcelona is not Spanish if you take the language and culture into consideration.

Having spent a considerable time in Spain, Giles Tremlett shows us a side of Spain which we have not seen. In order to paint this picture of Spain, he not only draws from the experience of living in the country for so many years but also the networks he has created in the country. He goes to different parts of the country, conducts interviews and uses this as the basis for telling us about the struggles of Spain. This technique serves in telling the facts like in an investigation in a very interesting way. This is the book to read if you are armchair traveller or if you plan to visit the country. Visiting places can help you take photographs. Knowing the people will help you tell a much more interesting story using the photographs. It will also help you understand and appreciate the locals you meet.
  • Swordsong
My wife and I are concluding a three month tour of Spain by car. We came to learn about the country and enjoy its cultures and the natural beauty of the land. The book provided insight and understanding we would have missed without it. For foreigners like us who want to get more out of their travels in Spain we recommend reading Ghosts of Spain
  • Unirtay
For those who are interested in the pre WW II wars between Fascism and Socialism/Communism. this book, though somewhat repetitive with other books on this subject, is a very good read. Do take the time for this book!
  • Arilak
I have learned a lot about the Spain, politically, culturally and emotionally. The Spanish are an interesting and very diverse people; some of whom do not want to be one nation but a federation of states. My only criticism, if it is that, is I wish there was more on the Spanish Civil War, which is why I picked up the book. Yet I am glad a read the book because of the other facets of the nation that I know understand a little better. I really makes me want to go back and visit specific regions of the country.
  • Debeme
I read this book while touring Spain. I wish that I had read it before beginning the tour, but it found it to be exceptionally well written, very balanced, and wonderfully educational. I gave it to our tour guide once I completed reading it. I would recommend this book to anyone that plans to travel to Spain, especially those that will travel within the country. The descriptions of the various regions will appreciate the history of each, the differences, and most importantly, why the Spanish seem to lack a sense of nationalism, and are much more loyal to their region.
  • Goldcrusher
a real insight into the Franco days and the aftermath of "forgetfulness2 and "reinvention" of a nation. Well written and harrowing in parts as the history is still recent. He's still very much revered in the older circles and still whispered about behind closed doors by those who still fear and mistrust the system. Brought to life by an excellent researcher who clearly loves his adopted country.
  • Jogrnd
It is one of the well written travel books that have a good balance of facts, education and personal essays. It Covers history and current issues of Spain politics, culture and art, I think this will prepare me well for visiting Spain and motivate me to proceed with deeper understanding of this beautiful and intriguing country and people.
This is a beautiful book than helps outsiders to understand country. What is amazing is that this is not only about Madrid or Barcelona but about Spain and its history. Writer managed to provide his view without being judgmental, leaving conclusions to reader.