A Barcelona Heiress

A Barcelona Heiress[Ebook] ➩ A Barcelona Heiress By Sergio Vila-Sanjuán – Heartforum.co.uk A historical detective story set against the social and political tumult of s Barcelona and based on the real events of the end of a dazzling era In the decade before the Spanish Civil War, Barcelona A historical detective story set against the social and political tumult of s Barcelona and based on the real events of the end of a dazzling era In the decade before the Spanish Civil War, Barcelona is on the verge of boiling over Pablo Vilar, a well connected young lawyer and journalist, meets several mysterious people A Barcelona PDF or who seem to hold clues to what is brewing in the city The diverse cast of characters includes an assaulted cabaret artist, an anarchist leader, the city s new autocratic civil governor, and a beautiful, wealthy countess their destinies all bound by invisible ties While the city both touches its zenith and peers into the abyss, Vilar guides us through a labyrinth that leads from the caverns of Montju c, home to paupers and outlaws, to the high society parties in the gardens of Horta Based on documents from the author s family archives, and called an irresistible read by Carlos Ruiz Zaf n, author of The Shadow of the Wind, A Barcelona Heiress provides a fresh perspective on a complex and dramatic period.

Sergio Vila Sanju n b , one of Spain s best known cultural journalists, is the coordinator of the Cultura s supplement of the newspaper La Vanguardia Vila Sanju n has published several books on journalism and was commissioner of the Barcelona Year of the Book and Reading in His first novel, A Barcelona A Barcelona PDF or Heiress, inspired by historic events and by his discovery of a manuscript by his grandfather, received enthusiastic reviews and is currently being translated into several languages.

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    Import EPUB to the Program Import EPUB leader, the city s new autocratic civil governor, and a beautiful, wealthy countess their destinies all bound by invisible ties While the city both touches its zenith and peers into the abyss, Vilar guides us through a labyrinth that leads from the caverns of Montju c, home to paupers and outlaws, to the high society parties in the gardens of Horta Based on documents from the author s family archives, and called an irresistible read by Carlos Ruiz Zaf n, author of The Shadow of the Wind, A Barcelona Heiress provides a fresh perspective on a complex and dramatic period."/>
  • ebook
  • 318 pages
  • A Barcelona Heiress
  • Sergio Vila-Sanjuán
  • 03 May 2017
  • 1453264000

10 thoughts on “A Barcelona Heiress

  1. Lorina Stephens says:

    Sergio Vila Sanjuan s A Barcelona Heiress has all the ingredients for a great novel, following in the tradition of early 20th century writers such as F Scott Fitzgerald and John Steinbeck There is the hotbed of political unrest during the Crown supported dictatorship of General Miguel Primo de Rivera, anarchists bombing Barcelona, a growing discontent of the country s poor and working classes.Into this the author introduces a protagonist based upon his own family s history, an indigent aristoc Sergio Vila Sanjuan s A Barcelona Heiress has all the ingredients for a great novel, following in the tradition of early 20th century writers such as F Scott Fitzgerald and John Steinbeck There is the hotbed of political unrest during the Crown supported dictatorship of General Miguel Primo de Rivera, anarchists bombing Barcelona, a growing discontent of the country s poor and working classes.Into this the author introduces a protagonist based upon his own family s history, an indigent aristocratic lawyer who moonlights as a reporter, and through the lens of that individual a series of seemingly disconnected characters and events.All these elements could have been riveting, for certainly there is enough intrigue and danger in Spain s 20th century history to inspire even the most mundane minds The execution, however, of that narrative tended to drag, partly because of long passages of exposition and political rhetoric, and partly because the author is so familiar with the history of which he s writing that he forgets to inform the reader Historical characters walk on and off the page like old familiars, without giving the reader any reference or landmarks, which would be fine for a Spanish audience, but alas not for an English speaking one, even one as familiar with Spain s history as this reviewer.Transitions between scenes often runs to abruptness, leaving the reader adrift, although certainly the use of metaphor and language is accomplished Overall, the novel needed the guidance of a good developmental editor, at least in this reviewer s opinion.Worth reading Indeed yes Why Because of the historical background if nothing else Memorable Not so much

  2. Viviane Crystal says:

    Barcelona, Spain is on the verge of Civil War in the 1920s The story of this multi layered conflict is narrated by lawyer and journalist, Pablo Vilar He s a man who in the name of both careers attempts neutrality in the conflicts but also a man who is constantly being swayed by partisan characters who want him to write articles favoring or defending one side against the other side While he is not influenced that much, what he sees and hears is worthy of our attention, for it is the stuff of Barcelona, Spain is on the verge of Civil War in the 1920s The story of this multi layered conflict is narrated by lawyer and journalist, Pablo Vilar He s a man who in the name of both careers attempts neutrality in the conflicts but also a man who is constantly being swayed by partisan characters who want him to write articles favoring or defending one side against the other side While he is not influenced that much, what he sees and hears is worthy of our attention, for it is the stuff of which revolutions have been made for centuries.The eternal conflict between rich and poor is factually proven when Vilar is taken to the caves where the poor live and subsist on almost nothing or the private hospitals financially supported by those with a heart where starving, disease ridden children are treated with the meager supplies of medicine and vitamins, food, etc There are the union groups who are willing to incite and practice violence to obtain their demands.All of this is exemplified in the mystery which is the center of the story It involves an anarchist who assassinates those who have committed crimes but been declared innocent by the courts There s the heiress of the novel s title whom Vilar would wed but who continues to exert influence on both royalty, nobles, anarchists, union groups and the poor She is a woman for all people and yet one wonders what principles center her real beliefs And what about the cabaret singer who is brutally attacked and whose connections are less than innocent or neutral.One gets a fine sense of the culture of Barcelona and the governmental structure behind the story, involving royalty as well as city, military and provincial authorities What Vilar hears in true political style is not what necessarily is All is encountered during the most audacious and extravagant social parties and events It is hard at times to follow the story because of all the name dropping that no one could possible remember unless a master of Spanish history.All in all, A Barcelona Heiress is a fascinating, well researched work of historical fiction that is packed full of action, mystery, humor, poignancy, and so muchMoney rules the world and it can also reform and transform the same Impressive novel

  3. Lara Kleinschroth says:

    From and ARC sent by Netgalley for reviewSpanish history is rich and complex and here the author focusses on a time we hear little about the early 1920 s, a time of civic and cultural unrest, a dozen years or so before the Civil War This particular story is based on the life of the author s own grandfather, taken from notes he left Pablo Vilar is a lawyer and journalist, in a unique position to observe all sides and help those he can without taking sides, while battling to maintain his own m From and ARC sent by Netgalley for reviewSpanish history is rich and complex and here the author focusses on a time we hear little about the early 1920 s, a time of civic and cultural unrest, a dozen years or so before the Civil War This particular story is based on the life of the author s own grandfather, taken from notes he left Pablo Vilar is a lawyer and journalist, in a unique position to observe all sides and help those he can without taking sides, while battling to maintain his own morality and ideals Worker s unions are fighting for rights while anarchists are pushing against the traditions of the monarchy and noble classes It is a dangerous time, with the seeds of revolution taking hold Very interesting and informative, although the style is somewhat choppya series of anecdotal incidents without a central theme or plot The author chose the novel form for his story in order to creatively fill in gaps left blank in his grandfather s notes, but it still hasof a memoir feel to it than fiction, which is OK I just think as a novel, it could have been juicier, the characters a littlefleshed out, the plot deeper This book perhaps serves as a good jumping off point, to propel us to now dive deeper into the fascinating recent history of a country in turmoil, the effects of which are still very much alive and well today

  4. Douglas says:

    An excellent read for those who love this great city The tensions leading up to Franco s dictatorship are written clearly and in first person The fact my late father in law, Dr Francisco Merino, was born there and escaped Franco s police to settle in New York City, may have added a star for me Sadly, we never got around to discuss his experience in any detail.

  5. Antonio Iglesias says:

    Interesante novela sobre los a os 20 en Barcelona El protagonista es Pau Vilar, un abogado y periodista mon rquico Un d a la artista de variet s Maria Nilo le pide que la defienda en un caso en que fue agredida por 3 hombres A trav s de ella conoce al sindicalista Angel Lacalle, que le da a conocer una Barcelona lejana al ambiente burgu s en que vive.

  6. Diane says:

    I was totally without clue about this time period It took me a bit to get into the story, but then I was hooked.

  7. Carles Muñoz Miralles says:

    Novela muy interesante para entender la Barcelona de los a os 20 desde un punto de vista distinto al habitua normalmente se nos habla desde el punto de vista obrero o de los cabarets en cambio, aqu usa el at pico punto de vista de la patronal, del hombre rico y reaccionario que ve las reivindicaciones obreras como poco m s que una abominaci n, y junto con l vamos descubriendo las luces y sombras de los anarquistas, de las mujeres de vida alegre y de la gente bien Eso s , la trama da poco de Novela muy interesante para entender la Barcelona de los a os 20 desde un punto de vista distinto al habitua normalmente se nos habla desde el punto de vista obrero o de los cabarets en cambio, aqu usa el at pico punto de vista de la patronal, del hombre rico y reaccionario que ve las reivindicaciones obreras como poco m s que una abominaci n, y junto con l vamos descubriendo las luces y sombras de los anarquistas, de las mujeres de vida alegre y de la gente bien Eso s , la trama da poco de s y est resuelta a trompicones, lo que le resta muchos puntos a la novela Funciona, sobre todo, como antolog a de escenas cotidianas de la poca

  8. Naomi says:

    Read my full review In 1920 s Spain, which is on the cusp of Civil War, the living differences between the rich and the poor are glaring and those with their own agendas are manipulating the system Simmering beneath the surface is someone murdering individuals whom have been found innocent of their crimes by the courts Narrated from the perspective of Pablo Vilar, an attorney and journalist, who is always being manipulated from the interest groups wanting their Read my full review In 1920 s Spain, which is on the cusp of Civil War, the living differences between the rich and the poor are glaring and those with their own agendas are manipulating the system Simmering beneath the surface is someone murdering individuals whom have been found innocent of their crimes by the courts Narrated from the perspective of Pablo Vilar, an attorney and journalist, who is always being manipulated from the interest groups wanting their own stories told, and loves an heiress, who seems to be able to mix with all these groups flawlessly Is the heiress all she seems to be or is there something much deeper under the surface My rating 2.5 StarsMy opinion Although the premise of the story was interesting to me and the description of the setting was superb, I couldn t connect to any of the characters and found them to be written very one dimensionally As a result, this book simply fell flat to me I wish the author would have put as much effort into character development as he did into developing and describing his setting I think had he done that, this would have been a 4 star read for me Source Netgalley for Open Road Media

  9. The Lit Bitch says:

    I really liked the setting I thought the high society and gritty underworld worked well together That mixture really highlighted the mystery and added a great contrast to the era I am not very familiar with Spanish history or social structure during this era and I thought some of the facts were a little lost on me There were a lot of references to predominant figures in Spain during this era and I found myself struggling to remember who was who and what their function was I think I would ha I really liked the setting I thought the high society and gritty underworld worked well together That mixture really highlighted the mystery and added a great contrast to the era I am not very familiar with Spanish history or social structure during this era and I thought some of the facts were a little lost on me There were a lot of references to predominant figures in Spain during this era and I found myself struggling to remember who was who and what their function was I think I would have appreciated the storyif I had hadof a background in Spanish history.See my full review here a

  10. Melisende says:

    The author assumes the readers familiarity with the subject matter as a given Had the author provided a short background to this story, then the fictional narrative would have madesense As it was, the execution was lacking as there was no real connection between narratives it comes off as a disjointed attempt to recreate the glitz and glamour of the Gatsby era with the setting in Barcelona.see full review here Melisende s Library The author assumes the readers familiarity with the subject matter as a given Had the author provided a short background to this story, then the fictional narrative would have madesense As it was, the execution was lacking as there was no real connection between narratives it comes off as a disjointed attempt to recreate the glitz and glamour of the Gatsby era with the setting in Barcelona.see full review here Melisende s Library

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