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Gironella was profoundly Catholic. With the civil warhe left Catalonia and fought on the Franco side.

His last novel, El Apocalipsis The Apocalypsecame out in No book in the Franco era was so widely discussed. Such killings did magia, but Gironella removes all context and explanation, and so invalidates his own pretensions to balance.

In he illegally walked over the Pyrenees – his smuggling route – into France, staying untiland writing the pages of Los Cipreses.


The second and third books of the trilogy are not so good. He set out to write the comprehensive novel of the Spanish civil war.

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

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. His novels show anguish and touches of nihilism, which in his private life made him prone to depression.

Big-selling travel books followed, the most famous on Asiasold and on Palestine. However, at the end of the novel, his lurid account of the murder of priests and nuns after the defeat of the Francoite rising in Girona damages the book.

Previously rounded characters unconvincingly change into bloodthirsty demons.

Documentation and facts outweigh narrative. Gironella disliked the propaganda novels praising Franco as much as he hated the “lies” of Republican writers.

Books by José María Gironella

Postwar, he was briefly imprisoned for smuggling. 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. Los Cipreses made Gironella rich, he built a luxury home and started travelling.


Los Cipreses largely achieves this even-handedness: By then Gironella’s josd documentary realism had buried his characters in historical detail. I sold only His aim was to be objective – he read more than books in preparation – and non-sectarian: Gironella’s rejection of the triumphalist trash written by other victors of the war and his courage in standing up to the rightwing of the regime have been largely forgotten.