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With the civil warhe left Catalonia and fought on the Franco side. Born in Darnius, Girona, after four years’ education at a seminary he left at 14 and worked in Girona successively in a hardware store, a drinks factory and a bank. Such killings did occur, but Gironella removes all context and explanation, and so invalidates his own pretensions girnella balance.

His aim was to be mmaria – he read more than books in preparation – and non-sectarian: I sold only He was fated to be known after as the man privileged to earn a living from literature during the dictatorship, while other writers were silenced or published for small audiences in the insecurity of exile. No book in the Franco era was so widely discussed.


Los Cipreses largely achieves this even-handedness: Gironella disliked the propaganda novels praising Franco as much as he hated the “lies” of Republican writers. Los Cipreses made Gironella rich, he built a luxury home and started travelling. Big-selling travel books followed, the most famous on Asiasold and on Palestine.

His novels show anguish and touches of nihilism, which in his private life made him prone to depression. Documentation and facts outweigh narrative.

His last novel, El Apocalipsis The Apocalypsecame out in Gironella was profoundly Catholic. Previously rounded characters unconvincingly change into bloodthirsty demons. By then Gironella’s obsessive documentary realism had mmaria his characters in historical detail.

Postwar, he was briefly imprisoned for smuggling. In he illegally walked over the Pyrenees – his smuggling route – into France, staying untiland writing the pages of Los Cipreses.

He set out to write the comprehensive novel of the Msria civil war. However, at the end of the condsnados, his lurid account of the murder of priests and nuns after the defeat of the Francoite rising in Girona damages the book.


Gironella’s rejection of the triumphalist trash written by other victors of the war and his courage in standing up to the rightwing of the regime have been largely forgotten. The second and third books of the trilogy are not so good.