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The second and third books of the trilogy are not so good.

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.

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

Books by José María Gironella

He set out to write the comprehensive novel of the Spanish civil war. By then Gironella’s obsessive documentary realism had buried his characters in historical detail.


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. However, at the end of the novel, his lurid account jsoe the murder of priests and nuns after the defeat of the Francoite rising in Condenadps damages the book. Los Cipreses made Gironella rich, he built a luxury home and started travelling.

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

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

With the civil warhe cndenados Catalonia and fought on the Franco side. 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. Gironella was profoundly Catholic.

His last novel, El Apocalipsis The Apocalypsecame out in 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 josee on Palestine.


Gironella disliked the propaganda novels praising Franco as much as he hated the “lies” of Republican writers. Postwar, he was briefly imprisoned for smuggling. No book in the Franco era was so widely discussed. Documentation and facts outweigh narrative. Previously rounded characters unconvincingly change into bloodthirsty demons.

Los Cipreses largely achieves this even-handedness: I sold only His aim was to be objective – he read more than books in preparation – and non-sectarian: