Ildefonso Falcones

Ildefonso Falcones

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in Barcelona, Spain
January 01, 1958




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ldefonso Falcones de Sierra, married and the father of four children, is a lawyer who lives and works in Barcelona. The cathedral of the sea is his homage to a people capable of building, in the then unusual span of fifty-four years, what is undoubtedly one of the most lovely churches in the world.

A historical novel that has become an unprecedented bestseller, recognized by both readers and critics, and whose publication rights have been sold to thirty-two countries. The winner of several awards, including the 2006 Silver Euskadi Prize for best Spanish language novel, the 2007 Qué Leer Prize for best Spanish language book of the year, and the prestigious Italian award, Giovanni Boccaccio, for best foreign author of 2007.

Average rating: 3.97 · 22,425 ratings · 1,511 reviews · 5 distinct works · Similar authors
La catedral del mar
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 18,148 ratings — published 2006 — 111 editions
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La mano de Fátima
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 2,911 ratings — published 2009 — 60 editions
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La reina descalza
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,363 ratings — published 2013 — 44 editions
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La luna y el advenedizo
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“The past doesn't exist. There is nothing to be sorry for. Today is when we start to live. Look... look at the sea. The sea has no past. It is just there. It will never ask us to explain. The stars, the moon are there to light our way, to shine for us. What do they care what might have happened in the past? They are accompanying us, and are happy with that; can you see them shine? The stars are twinkling in the sky; would they do that if the past mattered? Wouldn't there be a huge storm if God wanted to punish us? We are alone, you and I, with no past, no memories, no guilt, nothing that can stand in the way of... our love.”
Ildefonso Falcones, La catedral del mar

“In death, hope is everlasting.”
Ildefonso Falcones, La mano de Fátima

“Nunca te fíes de los que dicen servir a Dios. Te hablará con serenidad y buenas palabras, tan cultas que no alcanzarás a entenderlas. Tratarán de convencerte con argumentos que sólo ellos saben hilvanar hasta adueñares de tu razón y tu conciencia. Se presentarán a ti como hombres bondadosos que dirán querer salvarnos del mal y de la tentación, pero en realidad su opinión sobre nosotros está escrita y todos ellos, como soldados de Cristo que se llaman, siguen con fidelidad aquello que está escrito en los libros. Sus palabras son excusas y sus razones, idénticas a las que tú podrías darle a un mocoso.”
Ildefonso Falcones, La catedral del mar

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