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The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain's Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War

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A gripping narrative history of Spain’s most brilliant and troubled literary family—a tale about the making of art, myth, and legacy—set against the upheaval of the Spanish Civil War and beyond

In this absorbing and atmospheric historical narrative, journalist Aaron Shulman takes us deeply into the circumstances surrounding the Spanish Civil War through the lives, loves, an
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Hardcover, 496 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Ecco
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Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading some non-fiction recently where the topic, idea was appealing (one on Arthurian legends, another on exploring urban areas underground) but the prose--eech. Can be clunky, painful. Shulman writes very, very well. He is in control of his material, unspools the stories here well. I've been drawn to Spanish Civil War accounts in books...seems as if last 10 years has brought quite a few, from different angles. Seems to speak to how fascism can arise, human nature shows less than hig ...more
Joseph J.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ans of 20th century European history, family literary history, psych students
Won with gratitude in a Goodreads giveaway. This book is a tapestry of literary success and failure, family dysfunction and tragedy, set against war and repression in a nation's history. It is the twentieth century saga of the poetic Panero family of Spain, and the frustrated success and patriarchal failings of husband and father Leopoldo. With the assassination of noted writer Federico Garcia Lorca as its starting point, the book chronicles the confusing survivalist politics of Leopoldo during ...more
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Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The fascinating true-life story of how one man's choice of survival, comes to define not only his legacy but the lives of the family he will eventually leave behind. The writer, Aaron Shulman's exacting account of the Spanish writer, Leopoldo Panero, and his literary family also tracks the rise and fall of the ruthless dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Catapulting the reader from the first shots of the Nationalist revolt of 1936 and beyond the eventually prolonged death of Francisco Franco in 19 ...more
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Aaron Shulman is the author of the forthcoming non-fiction historical narrative The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain’s Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War (Ecco/HarperCollins, March 2019). After growing up in Michigan, Aaron attended Johns Hopkins as an undergrad and then the University of Montana, where he received his MFA in creative writing ...more