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Flamenco - the soul of Andalucia?
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During Granada's spectacular Easter processions, Sub-Inspector Max Romero has a visitor, his sister, Susanna. She is preparing a T.V. programme on San Juan de la Cruz, Spain's sixteenth century mystic poet. In the ruins of San Juan's monastery on the Alhambra hill, they meet a charismatic environmentalist, Francisco Yepes, who later that day finds the body of a gypsy guitarist in a cave. The body is that of Paco, an ex-con who had helped Max in a previous case. Paco's death leads Max deep into the gypsy community of Sacromonte, and into another major conflict with Inspector Ernesto Navarro. The investigation into Paco's death begins to unravel a major property speculation involving the development of the beautiful Sacromonte valley below the Alhambra, a speculation involving laundered drug money, town hall corruption, and Opus Dei. Characters from Blood Wedding re-appear, and Max's new investigation takes him deep into the politics of urban corruption in Spain and Granada. But even there, the dead reach out to touch the living. The bars, food and scenery of Granada, the striking mystical poetry of San Juan de la Cruz and the drama of flamenco, bring to life another thrilling murder mystery, linking the fanaticism of seventeenth century Granada with the corruption of the present day. Praise for "Blood Wedding": "Very well plotted and good humoured". (Jake Kerridge, "Daily Telegraph"). "A vivid novel that doesn't shy away from police brutality or the ruthlessness of Islamic terrorism". ("Sunday Times"). "A compelling and well-paced mystery, smoothly weaving in historical and cultural background and creating, in the young Max, a refreshing new face in international crime fiction". ("Booklist"). "...interesting characters, fresh setting and good mystery". ("Morning Star").
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Spain is not just about sun, sea and sangria, its about the Moors, the Reconquest by Isabel and Ferdinand (the Catholic Kings), Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar - better known as El Cid, Hernan Cortes and the conquistadors from Extremadura, Spain's Golden Age, Don Quijote, the Camino de Santiago, flamenco, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, paella, seafood, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spanish football from world champions La Roja, El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona football clubs, Spanish painters such as Velazquez, Goya and Murillo, composers like Andres Segovia and Joaquin Rodrigo, Carmen by Bizet, The Peninsular War where the Duke of Wellington saw off Napoleon and his Marshalls, the Spanish Armada sent by King Philip II to invade England, beautiful regions including Catalyuna (Catalonia), Andalucia, or Andalusia if you prefer, Aragon, Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria, Spanish sportsmen such as Rafael Nadal and Fernando Alonso, world beating cuisine from chefs such as Fernan Adria - the list goes on and on.
For example, did you know that Spain has the second highest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites - after Italy? It also has many UNESCO Intangible Cultural assets, including Flamenco, the Mediterraen Diet, the Castells of Catalonia and, added in December 2012, the Fiestas of the Patios in Cordoba Andalucia.
Authors such as Hemingway, Orwell, Laurie Lee, Gerald Brenan, George Borrow, Richard Ford, Washington Irving have long been fascinated by Spain and its rich history and culture and Books4Spain can help you to discover Spain. As a result, there are thousands of books about Spain and books set in Spain in English and Books4Spain has a fantastic selection in many categories, including books to help you Learn Spanish, Travel & Holiday guidebooks, books about Spanish History,Spanish Literature in translation, Crime Fiction books set in Spain, books about Living in Spain, Novels set in Spain, Spanish Cook & Recipe books and much more as well as books about Spanish authors and artists such as Federico García Lorca, Salvador Dali, Picasso, Bunuel etc..
In addition, we have created Spanish Themes to help you learn more about special aspects of Spanish history and culture. Currently Books4Spain has 3 Spanish Themes: Flamenco, the Spanish Civil War, and the Camino de Santiago Books within each of these Themes are categorised into books about People, Objects and Places related to that Theme. For example, you can find books with information about the cockle shell of St James, the Holy Grail in the Monastery of San Juan de la Pena and the Codex Calixtinus - the first travel guidebook for pilgrims in the Camino de Santiago Theme.