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




      The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain's Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War
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 beyondIn this absorbing and atmospheric historical narrative, journalist Aaron Shulman takes us deeply into the circumstances surrounding the Spanish Civil War through the lives, loves, and poetry of the Paneros, Spain s most compelling and eccentric family, whose lives intersected memorably with many of the most storied figures in the art, literature, and politics of the time from Neruda to Salvador Dal , from Ava Gardner to Pablo Picasso to Roberto Bola o.Weaving memoir with cultural history and biography, and brought together with vivid storytelling and striking images, The Age of Disenchantments sheds new light on the romance and intellectual ferment of the era while revealing the profound and enduring devastation of the war, the Franco dictatorship, and the country s transition to democracy.A searing tale of love and hatred, art and ambition, and freedom and oppression, The Age of Disenchantments is a chronicle of a family who modeled their lives and deaths on the works of art that most inspired and obsessed them and who, in turn, profoundly affected the culture and society around them. New Read eBook The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain's Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War author Aaron Shulman – heartforum.co.uk

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 A former Fulbright scholar, his work has appeared in The Believer, The New Republic, The American Scholar, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among many other places An editorial coach, collaborative writer, and developmental editor, he works with Idea Architects Literary Agency to bring the research of visionary scientists and thinkers to a wide readership He lives with his family in Santa Barbara, California.

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  • Hardcover
  • 496 pages
  • The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain's Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War
  • Aaron Shulman
  • 01 February 2018
  • 0062484192

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

  1. Louise says:

    The story of Spain during its period of fascist rule, the regime s death rattle, and the beginning of democracy is told through the experience of a literary family Its patriarch as a young man was jailed as a leftist and saved by his mother s connections He coped by aligning with Gen Franco and after the war joined his administration He became Spain s cultural leader and something like a poet laureate Aaron Shulman shows how Leopoldo Panero s joining with the Fascists affected his wife and The story of Spain during its period of fascist rule, the regime s death rattle, and the beginning of democracy is told through the experience of a literary family Its patriarch as a young man was jailed as a leftist and saved by his mother s connections He coped by aligning with Gen Franco and after the war joined his administration He became Spain s cultural leader and something like a poet laureate Aaron Shulman shows how Leopoldo Panero s joining with the Fascists affected his wife and their three sons both during and after his and the regime s life...

  2. Peter Turnbull says:

    In 1972 73, my junior year in college, I lived with the Panero family the subject of this book in Madrid during a six month study abroad period Franco was still living Leopoldo Panero, the patriarch of the family, had been dead 11 years I knew that he had been a well known poet, but nothing else His widow, Felicidad, was a very elegant, well spoken, aristocratic woman with a mind of her own, and talent, but had a troubled life I sensed she had Republican sympathies and didn t think much In 1972 73, my junior year in college, I lived with the Panero family the subject of this book in Madrid during a six month study abroad period Franco was still living Leopoldo Panero, the pat...

  3. Grant says:

    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 booksseems 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 I ve been reading some non fiction r...

  4. Stephen Byrne says:

    I cannot recommend a better historical narrative book than this gem, a fascinating tale that ticks all boxes, Civil wars, poets and writers, crazy families, politics, different decades, Franco, Spanish history, love, death This is a...

  5. Peter Mcloughlin says:

    This review is gonna be a little different I liked the beginning with its focus on the Spanish civil war but couldn t get into the weird family story living under Franco s Spain i don t know why I just coul...

  6. Joseph J. says:

    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 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 and after the Spanish Civil War In his marriage to Felicidad, he is joined to one who, like Leopoldo, lost a brother in that tragic conflict After the ...

  7. Gary Jones says:

    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 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 1975, Aaron Shulman takes great care in his vivid account of the fractured lives of the Paneros, a family who knew no other way to live except as if their lives were some tremendous literary tragedy Once a liberal communist during the democratically elected Spanish Second Republic of 1931, the fledgling poet, Leopoldo Panero s eventual embrace of fascism after the Republic s loss of the war in 1939 would illuminate the only way one could survive during a dictato...

  8. Colin Asher says:

    I didn t buy this book because I had any interest in the Panero family I bought it because I know and respect Shulman s work I expected the highlight of the book to be the craft that went into its composition, but before the end of the third chapter, I was invested in the book s characters and would have continued reading even if the prose had been flat and tu...

  9. Joshua says:

    This book is at once a sweeping history of the last century in Spain, and an intimate portrayal of a fascinating family whose trajectory seems to have mirrored that of the country I appreciated the research th...

  10. Geoff Shullenberger says:

    Somewhat like Roberto Bola o s novels, this is a book about, by, and for literature geeks for lack of a better term However, I suspect that also like Bola o s novels it will capture the attention of many readers who don t self identify that way, on the strength of its compelling cast of characters, well constructed narrative arc, and revealing intersections with broader historical developments On the latter front, this a story of the tumultuous history of Spain in the twentieth and twenty Somewhat like Roberto Bola o s novels, this is a book about, by, and for literature geeks for lack of a better term However, I su...

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