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However, at the end of the novel, his lurid account of the murder of priests and nuns after the defeat of the Francoite rising in Girona damages the book.

His novels show anguish and touches of nihilism, which in his private life made him prone to depression. The second and third books of the trilogy are not so good.

Jose Maria Gironella Books – Biography and List of Works – Author of ‘Condenados a Vivir’

He was fated to be known after as the man privileged to earn a living from literature during the dictatorship, while other writers were vovir or published for small audiences in the insecurity of exile. Documentation and facts outweigh narrative.


Gironella’s rejection igronella 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.

Postwar, he was briefly imprisoned for smuggling. No book in the Franco era was so widely discussed. Los Cipreses largely achieves this even-handedness: Los Cipreses made Gironella rich, he built a luxury home and started travelling.

Books by José María Gironella (Author of The Cypresses Believe in God)

With the civil warhe left Catalonia mmaria fought on the Franco side. He set out to write the comprehensive novel of the Spanish civil war.

In he illegally walked over the Pyrenees – his smuggling route – into France, staying untiland writing the pages of Los Cipreses. Big-selling travel books followed, the most famous on Asiasold and on Palestine.

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.


Gironella disliked the propaganda novels praising Franco as much as he hated the “lies” of Republican writers. His last novel, El Apocalipsis The Apocalypsecame out in joose His aim was to be objective – he read more than books in preparation – and non-sectarian: Previously rounded characters unconvincingly change into bloodthirsty demons.

Books by José María Gironella

By then Gironella’s obsessive documentary realism had buried his characters in historical detail. I sold only Gironella was profoundly Catholic.

Such killings did occur, but Gironella removes all context and explanation, and so invalidates his own pretensions to balance.