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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.

Books by José María Gironella (Author of The Cypresses Believe in God)

Gironella was profoundly Catholic. I sold only His novels show anguish and touches of nihilism, which in his private life made him prone to depression.

Such killings did occur, but Gironella removes all context and explanation, and so invalidates gironeella own pretensions to balance.


Los Cipreses largely achieves this even-handedness: He set out to write the comprehensive novel of the Spanish civil war.

With the civil warhe left Catalonia and fought on the Franco side. Postwar, he was briefly imprisoned for smuggling. His aim was to be objective – he read more than books in preparation – and non-sectarian: No book in the Franco era was conenados widely discussed. Big-selling travel books followed, the most famous on Asiasold and on Palestine.

Los Cipreses made Gironella rich, he built a luxury home and started travelling. His last novel, El Apocalipsis The Apocalypsecame out in The second and third books of the trilogy are not so good. 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.

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.

By then Gironella’s obsessive documentary realism had buried his characters in historical detail. Gironella disliked the propaganda novels praising Franco as much as he hated the “lies” of Republican writers.

Born in Darnius, Girona, after four giornella education at a seminary he left at 14 and worked in Girona successively in a hardware store, a drinks factory and a bank. Documentation and facts outweigh narrative. In he illegally walked over the Pyrenees – his smuggling gigonella – into France, staying untiland writing the pages of Los Cipreses.