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A Death in Zamora
This book describes a son's search in the 1980s Spain for his birth mother's story through interviews with family members and childhood friends. With his wife Judith as translator, the author returned to Zamora 48 years after he and his sister were evacuated from the fascist zone to France after their mother had been imprisoned for several months and then shot. First publi ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published September 25th 2003 by Booksurge Publishing
(first published April 1989)
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I met Ramon working on the MorningStar play, and have really enjoyed the collaboration between him and the playwright, Nick, who is a long time friend. It was only after the play ended that a cast member left this book at my house, and I picked it up and began to read it by chance. I cannot imagine what it would be like to grow up not knowing your own mother's story, but I can now imagine the journey of discovery shared here in these pages. A very powerful, moving and yet not self important acco ...more
This book recounts the very moving story of a man who goes to find out what he can about his mother's assassination by the fascists in Spain in 1936. One can only admire his courage in looking for the painful truth. As virtually a primary source document I guess I shouldn't have expected it to be well written; but the pedestrian way in which Barayon relates events made getting through it difficult. Nonetheless, it opened my eyes to the brutalities of the Spanish Civil War in a way that I had not ...more