Book Review: ‘Ghosts of Spain’ by Giles Tremlett

Ghosts of Spain - Giles Tremlett 30-4-13Madrid correspondent for The Guardian newspaper, Tremlett’s authoritative voice brings to life the secret history of Spain’s Civil War. This was the first book I read about the pacto de olvido, the pact of forgetting. Tremlett puts this pact into context by explaining how Spanish history is riddled with division: religious, political and geographical. Why do the football supporters of Real Madrid and Barcelona hate each other quite so much? Why, it is rumoured, there are no signs to Barcelona from the Madrid ring road [I think this is more of a legend these days]. Why is Andalucía the ‘poor man’ of the autonomous regions? Did the Islamist Madrid bombers hope to return Spain to its Moorish roots? This is an easy book to read on a difficult subject. After this, I would read anything Tremlett writes about Spain.
5 to remember
autorizado/a – authoritative
la voz – voice
secreto/a – secret
el contexto – context
los hinchas – football supporters

5 thoughts on “Book Review: ‘Ghosts of Spain’ by Giles Tremlett

  1. Alastair Savage

    I read this book just after I arrived in Spain 7 years ago, and it answered a lot of my questions about the region too. For example, why does no one ever speak about the civil war? Tremlett is also the Spain correspondent for the Guardian newspaper in the UK and he is a good source of information about what’s going on down here.

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