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.