Manuel Rivas' unique novel was a complete fluke of a find. As a prospective English Literature University student, I am trying to open my eyes and my mind to works of authors from alternative backgrounds, rather than the traditional works of Shakespeare or Dickens. And what a way to do it.
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"...watches as Fascist soldiers burn books in the tranquil setting of Coruna. The year is 1936, and Spain is in the middle of the tragic civil war. Even knowing nothing of the history of the era doesn't detract from the effortless weaving of Rivas' anecdotes and stories.
I'm not the only one to hold the novel in such high regard. Many notable literary sources have noticed the books painstaking attention to detail, and focus on global issues that are still ..."
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