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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. dgkaye says:

    Great review Olga. I’m sure lots left to think about after this book. P.S. Your Twitter share button, once again wouldn’t share. 🙁

    1. Thanks, Debby. You are right. And with regards to the title, it’s not a problem with the blog or WordPress, it’s my very long titles. They are so long that go over the limit for Tweets and they make it necessary to edit the title before sending the Tweet. Have a great week!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Lol, ok Olga, now I get it. 🙂 Happy week to you too my friend. 🙂 x

        1. Thanks for the reminder. I tend to edit the link, but it seems it shares the whole title. That’s why I don’t write flash fiction! Thanks, Debby!

          1. dgkaye says:

            Lol, that’s funny Olga! I have the same problem with Flash 🙂 🙂

          2. 🙂

  2. Obviously one for me, as I am sure you know. It has gone straight onto my Amazon wish list.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. (I should mention that I will have to wait for the price to reduce though. It is well in excess of my ‘book budget’ at the moment.)

    2. Thanks, Pete. I thought you would be interested. Yes, I was lucky to catch it on Edelweiss. I’ve talked about this with one of my friends, who lectures at LSE. Academic books are very expensive, and that’s another difficulty to get them to reach the general public. Unless an academic becomes popular through other media (magazines, TV, or newspapers) it’s very difficult for their work to reach the public. And the prices of such books don’t help any. I know some of the articles have been published in magazines, but again they are unlikely to be easy to access. But I’ve noticed the author is pretty active on Twitter. Amazon are good at keeping as posted on reductions (and you might want to check Edelweiss. Although they have the usual fair of fiction books, they also have quite a number of books more specialized that might be of interest to you). Have a great week.

      1. Thanks, Olga. I will have a look at Eidelweiss.
        Bank Holiday today, and warm and sunny!

        1. That’s a novelty! Here no bank holiday and sunny at the moment, but it’s been quite crazy weather, lots of rain, and it’s supposed to rain most of the rest of the week. Perhaps I brought the weather with me!

  3. Happy new week, Olga. What stood out to me was your statement “…ther than offering an authoritative version of events or pontificating about the right or wrong way of looking at a particular period in history, it asks questions.” That is the kind of history I would like to read.
    They say history is written by the victor (and so distorted and biased). However that isn’t quite right — history is written by the descendants of the victor — even more biased and distorted.
    Preserving the memories of those who lived through an event is the only way to have a full history.
    Thanks for another mindful review. Hugs!

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I was away from Spain at the time when the memory movement gained strength, as it had been something totally ignored here (after all, those who won the war and their descendants have been in power ever since). It’s particularly interesting to see things from an outsider’s perspective. Having spent so much time away myself, it has allowed me a bit of distance, but I did read this book with particular interest and I hope more people might get to read it too in the future. Have a lovely week. ♥

  4. I think all wars shape national memories but most of all, those fought on home soil. Like you, I am not very familiar with the Spanish Civil war (except through Hemingway and my Spanish professor at college, who was part of the Spanish aristocracy). Sounds like a book to take a look at.

    1. Thanks, Noelle. Yes, I agree that civil wars (I’ve never quite understood why they are called civil, but that’s another matter) are moments particularly defining of a country’s history and its memory. Your professor must have had an interesting point of view indeed. This book is a well-worth read for people interested in the topic. Have a great week.

  5. I think history books would be far more educational if they presented facts and followed with questions, rather than being dissertations disguised as history books. Great review, Olga. This sounds like an interesting read ❤️

    1. Thanks, Tina. That is true. Especially with recent history, it’s difficult to be neutral, as it is part of our lives. And then, if we had no interest or investment on the subject, why would we write about it? Some of the articles require more background than others, but I got quite a few pointers on books I want to read next. Have a great week!

  6. I like to read books about history too, Olga. I particularly like novels based on historical facts and truths but they must be well researched. Well done on this review.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I’ve also been reading quite a few historical novels recently and they can spark an interest in historical periods one is not very familiar with. Have a great day!

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