Books - Fiction & More


Reading about Sevilla and Spain is something I just can't get enough of. Sometimes breaking away from the same old mold of history, politics and guide books leads me to other works. From some recent popular fiction to the classics by Hemingway there's something to choose from below. I am always looking for new books so if you've read something good please email me your recommendations.


Fiction & Classics Topics

Recent Fiction ¦ Classics ¦ Poetry (coming soon)

Recent Fiction

cover The Seville Communion
Pérez-Reverte has become well know outside of Spain, this being his first best-seller in the US. The story of a priest from the Vatican investigating some strange deaths centering around a local church slated to be closed. A hacker has entered the Vatican computer system to alert the priest and I doubt you'll ever guess who it is until the end. Aside from a good mystery it's full of details and observation on Sevilla that only a Spaniard could give. A great read - highly recommended even if mystery is not your thing.

cover The Blind Man of Seville
A police thriller with elements of horror. Takes places during Semana Santa as a detective tries to hunt down an assassin with an agenda for revenge. While I'm not much into this type of fiction I found it hard to put down. With the detective running right past my house, amongst other things, it was great to read. Being able to visualize my every day haunts come to life made the book more real for me. As Wilson spent a lot of time with the local police it was an interesting look inside the law enforcement and criminal justice system in Sevilla as well.



cover Don Quixote: The Ingenious Hidalgo De LA Mancha
Don Quixote or Don Quijote, however you want to spell it. The man, the horse, the windmill. I won't try to describe this book in order to avoid any injustices I may inflict upon it.



cover Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises is one of Hemingway's masterpieces and no matter how many times you've read it or how you feel about the manners and morals of the characters, you won't be able to resist its spell. This is a classic that really does live up to its reputation. (review courtesy of amazon)


cover The Dangerous Summer
It might not be pure fiction, but it reads like it when it's Hemingway. Hemingway covered the 1959 bullfighting season as a piece for Life magazine which ended up being his last work before his death at the age of 60. His goal was to cover the places and events which inspired his novel Death in the Afternoon. The work concentrates on two rival matadors during the season while Hemingway's friendship one of them provides an interesting perspective. Aside from it being Hemingway and Spain, the book offers a wonderful portrait of bullfighting and Spain in the Franco era.


cover Death in the Afternoon
Again with the above - but I like it here in fiction as well as the Toros section. The corrida, or bullfight, through the eyes of Hemingway is something special. Covering the details thoroughly from the matador to the bull a wonderful picture and lesson on what the corrida really is: part sport, part art and of course ritual and pageantry. Hemingway's colorful descriptions of the matadors, placing them in categories which range from coward to glory seeker to hero, are something to remember.


cover For Whom the Bell Tolls
Emerging from Hemingway's three years of covering the Spanish Civil War, the novel is follows the life of Robert Jordan, an American professor who joins the socialist republican forces as a member of an international brigade. A vivid and emotional account of the war, it's tragedies, passion and heroes that only Hemingway could provide.




coverPoems of Arab Andalusia
Originally written in Arabic, this book is a collection of poetry born in Andalucia which beautifully represents the times of Moorish Spain. Well translated by Cola Franzen considering in reading this you'll be on the third language (Arabic to Spanish to English). If you know Spanish I do recommend reading them that way, but she does an excellent job of conveying the emotions of the original authors. Of course if you speak Arabic track them down in the original language and that's even better.

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