Eduardo Mendoza An Englishman in Madrid


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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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    An Englishman in Madrid


    25. November 2015 um 17:30

    Just shortly before the Spanish Civil War breaks out, the English art expert Anthony Whitelands travels to Madrid for a delicate deal: he is to secretly assess the value of a nobleman’s collection which the duque intends to sell. On his first visit he gets to know the leader of the Falange party and stumbles into the mess the country is in. Caught between his own career interests, the rising love for the duque’s daughter, Spanish and English authorities and rebellious groups, Anthony’s life quickly is at stake and he does not know anymore whom to trust and who to fear. A very entertaining story which cleverly combines the world of art with wonderful descriptions and explanations with the historic events in Spain in the 1930s and a complicated love affair. What I appreciated most were the passages about Spanish art, the work of Velazquez and the details on how to detect if a piece of art is fake or original. The plot turns more and more complicated the further you read and thus clearly outlines how complex the situation was and which different forced were at work and mixed up in the triggering of the Civil War. All in all, a demanding combination of different aspects, providing insight into Spanish art and history while narrating a suspenseful story.

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