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Such killings did josr, but Gironella removes all context and explanation, and so invalidates his own pretensions to balance. With the civil warhe left Catalonia and fought on the Franco side.

Postwar, he was briefly imprisoned for smuggling. The second and third books of the trilogy are not so good.

Books by José María Gironella

His novels show anguish and touches of nihilism, which in his private life made him prone to depression. By then Gironella’s obsessive documentary realism had buried his characters in historical detail.


I sold only Big-selling travel books followed, the most famous on Asiasold and on Palestine. He set out to write the comprehensive novel of the Spanish civil war.

Jose Maria Gironella

His aim was to be objective – he read more than books in preparation – and non-sectarian: Gironella disliked the propaganda novels praising Franco as much as he hated the “lies” of Republican gironellx. In he illegally walked over the Pyrenees – his smuggling route – into France, staying untiland writing the pages of Los Cipreses. Previously rounded characters unconvincingly change into bloodthirsty demons.

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’s rejection of the triumphalist trash written by other victors of the ,aria and his courage in standing up to the rightwing of the regime have been largely forgotten.

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

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


His last novel, El Apocalipsis The Apocalypsecame out in Los Cipreses made Gironella rich, he built a luxury home and started travelling. Gironella was profoundly Catholic. No book in the Franco era was so widely discussed. Documentation and facts outweigh narrative. Los Cipreses largely achieves this even-handedness: