The Franco regime, cinema and Hollywood glamour all combine in an explosive mix where fiction and reality intermingle in a story set against the backdrop of Spain’s recent history.
A young man leaves his hometown and family and heads to Madrid to fulfil his dream of becoming a film director. After arriving in the capital, he heads to the School of Cinema, intent on passing the admission tests which include, in addition to an exam, the creation of a screenplay. This will be his gateway to a glittering universe, full of light and glamour, extraordinarily free. Because in 1950s Francoist Spain, beneath the black, sad and repressive veneer of the toughest years of the dictatorship, there lay a whole new world of art, cinema and literature where the joys of life could be enjoyed under the cover of nightfall.
“Manuel Vicent is an entertaining chronicler and skilled portrait painter.” Iñaki Ezquerra, El Correo Español
“Manuel Vicent is the contagious joy of having something to say, and saying it masterfully.” —Justo Navarro, El País
“Vicent narrates everything we knew and more within an exquisite elegance, not retreating from poetic fury when the situation calls for it...” J. J. Armas Marcelo, ABC Cultural
SPAIN / Manuel Vicent (Castellón, 1936) is a well-known author of short stories, articles, and novels that have been published in Spain, Latin America, Germany, Portugal, Brazil, Finland, the Netherlands, China, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania.
He is the author of 17 novels, among them Tranvía a la Malvarrosa (1997) and Son de mar (1999), both made into films.
He has received several awards such as the Alfaguara Novel Prize in 1966 and 1999.
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