Sava n en zor k sm beklemek Sf 92 Umar m aptallar n da kendi tanr lar vard r Sf 110 This War Has Drawn International Attention In A Dress Rehearsal For World War II, Fascists Support The Nationalists, While Communists Have Come To The Aid Of The Republicans Atrocities Have Devastated Both Sides It Is At This Moment, When The Republicans Have Surrendered, And The Guardia Civil Has Begun To Impose Order In The Ruins Of Madrid, That Tejada Finds The Body Of His Best Friend, A Hero Of The Siege Of Toledo, Shot To Death On A Street Named Amor De Dios Naturally, A Red Is Suspected And It Is Easy For Tejada To Assume That The Woman Caught Kneeling Over The Body Is The Killer But When His Doubts Are Aroused, He Cannot Help Seeking Justice Death of a Nationalist Historical Novel Mystery EXRebecca Pawel 1st bookset in Madrid, 1939, and the bitter civil war between the Nationalists, supported by the facists, and the Republicans, supported by the communists, with atrocities committed by both sides It is at this moment, when the Republicans have surrendered, and the Guardia Civil has begun to impose order in the ruins of Madrid, that Carlos Tejada Alonso y Leon, a Sergeant in the Guardia Civil, finds the body of his best friend, a hero of the siege of Toledo, shot to death on a street named Amor de Dios Naturally, a Red is suspected And it is easy for Tejada to assume that the woman caught kneeling over the body is the killer But when his doubts are aroused, Tejada decides to investigate further This is a remarkable, and painful, book It raised my anger at mankind throughout centuries whose actions have resulted in war and atrocities However, it is a very well written story with duo views of Tejada the Nationalist and Gonzalo Llorente the Republican as well as within Tejada himself when he realizes the woman he killed had been innocent The descriptions are brutal but the book is excellent and well deserved having received an Edgar.
Pawel set herself a difficult task to make a sergeant in Franco s guardia civil an honorable sympathetic character She succeeds as well as possible, I suppose, but even so, in his devotion to the Fascist cause, he has no problem killing a suspect who turns out not to be guilty in cold blood and is party to torture even if he rarely commits the outrages himself He tries to make amends for his mistakes, but still views all Republicans as godless monstrous reds and apparently sees no moral failing in participating in a rebellion against a lawfully elected government The story plot is quickly moving and involving and the characters are three dimension An interesting comparison would be to Javier Cercas s El Monarca de las Sombras, labeled a novel but seeming to be memoir An uncle of the narrator who is at least a version of Cercas was killed young, about 20, in the civil war in Franco s forces, and Cercas, not at all sympathetic to Franco, comes to realize how young, inexperienced, small town people like his uncle could have been honorable people even though fighting for something Cercas finds repugnant.
It is a murder mystery set in Spain just after the conclusion of the civil war So who killed the Guardia Civil The main character, Sergeant Carlos Tejada, thinks he knows and immediately executes the person Then he gradually realizes as the reader already knows that he is wrong How he deals with that is the core of the novel.
Two things make this book stand out First is the landscape You feel Madrid in the book, with the fear, pain, and uncertainty She teases out the shortages of basic goods along with the black market availability for those with the right kind of money i.
e not Republican She lays out the hatred the two sides had for each other really, even than hatred there was just disdain She also brings out how everyone is careful what they say and what emotions they allow to show, even with supposed allies.
Second is the character complexity Through Tejada you feel the ideology of the Spanish civil war He is absolutely cold blooded about Republicans or indeed anyone who is not entirely with Franco and the Nationalist cause Some of the most interesting parts of the novel are his encounters with people with different ideological perspectives, and how he feels about them He even has to find ways to rationalize why he helps some people and not others.
I add this to my collection of political mysteries for a class I will teach someday Exactly when, I have no idea.
WOW A perfect mystery set in Spain just after their Civil War ended and Franco s regime is cleaning up the country of the Republicans aka the Communists Having read a bit about that war s brutality, the book rings very true The story is very well crafted, mixing a real murder mystery with the realities of the general devastation fear, hunger, resistance, black market Can t recommend enough.
I hoped to love this book, because it is set in post civil war Barcelona, which is a time period I am interested in, and because I do enjoy a good whodunit, and for the record, I would give this book 2.
5 stars if I could But meh sums this one up for me It s entertaining enough, not poorly written, but predictable and ultimately forgettable I think the strength of this book is that is takes a historical context that on the surface would have clear good guys the conglomeration of anti fascist Franco forces and clear bad guys the Guardia Civil and Franco and seeks to muddy those waters a bit And honestly, if you run across it, I wouldn t say don t read it It s a good enough sick bed book.
Part of my murder mystery bonanza, further proof that I m turning into my mother I thought I d hate this book I really dislike novels set in the Spanish Civil War on principle, probably due to an overdose of Hemingway in high school And yes, I read 30 pages of this at the beginning of the month, and thought, Ugh, well, can t stand it But yesterday, I was at work, digging through the piles of things on my desk, and I found Death of a Nationalist peeking through the mayhem And I gave it a second shot I m sorry, I shouldn t make firearm jokes when talking about mysteries I finally got into the rhythm of the split narration between Sergeant Tejeda, the Nationalist protagonist, and Gonzalo, a Republican refugee Rebecca Pawel paints her characters with shades of grey Tejada rationalizes his actions according to a complex moral code that doesn t seem entirely Nationalist in tone Gonzalo, who seeks revenge on his lover s killer, doesn t quite know how to reconcile the truth with his preconceived notions of the Guardia Civil Minor characters are written well, and I enjoyed the actual mystery portion while understanding that it wasn t my primary impetus to finish the book Instead I wanted to know how the game of cat and mouse between Tejeda and Gonzalo would be resolved.
A highly entertaining, seemingly accurate historical representation of Spain just before World War II.
I don t read many detective stories but this one reeled me in right away I didn t want to care for a fascist, Viva la Republica and all, but I found that the writing and the honesty of the characters made this a page turner for me.