by Jason Webster - £8.99 Transworld Publishers Ltd (Black Swan) (2007)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780552772815 | ISBN 10: 055277281x
When Jason Webster moved into an old farmhouse north of Valencia, he found by chance an unmarked mass grave from the Spanish Civil War on his doorstep. Spurred to investigate the history of the bloody conflict many of his Spanish friends still seemed to treat as taboo, he began to uncover a darker side to the country he loved.
Witness to a brutal fist-fight sponsored by remnants of Franco’s Falangists, arrested by the police, sheltered by a beautiful transvestite, and finally robbed of his identity, Webster encountered a hidden legacy of cruelty and violence. Could the dark, primitive currents that ripped the country apart in the 1930s still be stirring under the sophisticated, worldly surface of today’s Spain?
"An absorbing book that conveys the raw Spanish experience - its heat, dust, light and shade - with rare and startling actuality. Admirers of his first two books will have their high regard confirmed by this one. Newcomers should start here. They will not be disappointed."
(Price & availability last checked: July 2018)