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An Englishman in Madrid

by Eduardo Mendoza (Author), Nick Caistor (Translator)

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An Englishman in Madrid by Eduardo Mendoza (Author), Nick Caistor (Translator)
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2015
    376 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Anthony Whitelands, an English art historian, is invited to Madrid to value an aristocrat's collection. At a welcome lunch he encounters Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder and leader of the Falange, a nationalist party whose antics are bringing the country ever closer to civil war.

The paintings turn out to be worthless, but before Whitelands can leave for London the duque's daughter Paquita reveals a secret and genuine treasure, held for years in the cellars of her ancestral home. Afraid that the duque will cash in his wealth to finance the Falange, the Spanish authorities resolve to keep a close eye on the Englishman, who is also being watched by his own embassy.

As Whitelands--ever the fool for a pretty face--vies with Primo de Rivera for Paquita's affections, he learns of a final interested party: Madrid is crawling with Soviet spies, and Moscow will stop at nothing to secure the hidden prize.

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"If this novel is a comic confection, it is deadly serious in its import; this Englishman's excursion takes us to the very heart of Spain." - The Times Literary Supplement (UK)

"A funny, gripping and perfectly balanced blend of P G Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene." - The Independent on Sunday (UK)

"A highly enjoyable read [that] elegantly evokes the eccentricities of Spain's capital city." - The Independent (UK)

"An extraordinary blend of comedy and tragedy." - BBC History Magazine (UK)

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Eduardo Mendoza was born in Barcelona in 1943. He studied Law and worked as an U.N. interpreter in the United States for nine years. Prior to An Englishman in Madrid, his most acclaimed work was The City of Marvels. he is the recipient of the Premio Planeta and the European Book Prize.

Nick Caistor's translations include The Buenos Aires Quintet by Manuel Vazquez Montalban and works by Eduardo Mendoza, Juan Marse, Alan Pauls and Guillermo Orsi.

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