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The Carpenter's Pencil (1998)

by Manuel Rivas

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Beautifully written; ( )
  fjfm | Mar 14, 2013 |
I felt I never quite got into the story, and remained slightly confused about the characters--how did the painter fit the picture, for example, but I think it was me rather than the book. ( )
  mari_reads | Mar 26, 2011 |
1936. Daniel da Barca é un médico e intelectual socialista. A súa moza, Marisa, é filla dun home de negocios cercano ós fascistas e oponse á súa relación. Cando comeza a Guerra Civil, Daniel é detido polo garda Herbal e trasladado á cadea. Os presos, sempre vixiados polo sombrío Herbal, tratan de superar a angustia do encerro utilizando a imaxinación. Mentres, o pai de Marisa intenta que a filla case cun militar, pero ela négase a renunciar a Daniel e loita por liberalo. En prisión, os falanxistas comezan a fusilar presos clandestinamente. Pronto lle tocará a Daniel. E entón estará en mans de Herbal, o centinela que se debate entre a violencia e a conciencia e que agacha un perigoso segredo que o une a Daniel. ( )
  lisisky | Apr 30, 2008 |
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It is the summer of 1936, the early months of the agonising civil war that engulfs Spain and shakes the rest of the world. In a prison in the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela, an artist sketches the famous porch of the cathedral, the Portico da Gloria. He uses a carpenter's pencil. But instead of reproducing the sculptured faces of the prophets and elders, he draws the faces of his fellow Republican prisoners. Many years later in post-Franco Spain, a survivor of that period, Doctor Daniel da Barca, returns from exile to his native Galicia, and the threads of past memories begin to be woven together. This poetic and moving novel conveys the horror and savagery of the tragedy that divided Spain, and the experiences of the men and women who lived through it. Yet in the process, it also relates one of the most beautiful love stories imaginable.

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