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An Englishman in Madrid

af Eduardo Mendoza

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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.… (mere)
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Querida Catherine: Poco después de cruzar la frontera y de avacuar los enojosos trámites aduaneros, me he...
  socogarv | Feb 28, 2021 |
This was an interesting read. Anthony Whitelands, a gentleman and art historian (specializing in Velázquez) travels to Madrid in 1936. Actually, he is supposed to assess a picture that is with an aristocratic family, but he gets caught in the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War. He is spied on by the Spanish police and also monitored by the English embassy. He is used by various political groups, although he is politically neutral and is not interested in it at all. He gets involved in love affairs, which must not be. Like the cat, he must have seven lives because there are always dead people around him, only he is spared. ( )
  Ameise1 | Mar 19, 2020 |
Un inglés llamado Anthony Whitelands llega a bordo de un tren al Madrid convulso de la primavera de 1936. Deberá autenticar un cuadro desconocido, perteneciente a un amigo de José Antonio Primo de Rivera, cuyo valor económico puede resultar determinante para favorecer un cambio político crucial en la Historia de España. Turbulentos amores con mujeres de distintas clases sociales distraen al crítico de arte sin darle tiempo a calibrar cómo se van multiplicando sus perseguidores: policías, diplomáticos, políticos y espías, en una atmósfera de conspiración y de algarada. Las excepcionales dotes narrativas de Eduardo Mendoza combinan a la perfección la gravedad de los sucesos narrados con la presencia, muy sutil, de su conocido sentido del humor, ya que toda tragedia es también parte de la comedia humana. Con este libro Eduardo Mendoza recibió el Premio Planeta 2010. ( )
  BibliotecaUNED | Dec 7, 2016 |
Readers keep asking why this book won a prestigious Spanish publishing award. It is an OK effort but really too goofy to take seriously.

You can read the online discussion for yourself, I am not going to rehash it here. Yes the book is interesting and yes it is goofy. How can the protagonist be such a combination of being deeply knowledgeable about art and painting (and one would think, therefore, the human condition that is expressed in art) while at the same time being so utterly naïve?

My answer to the logic of the award is that in his inexplicable disarray, our hero Anthony Whitelands reminded the judges of Don Quixote and they voted their Spanish hearts.

I received a review copy of "An Englishman in Madrid" by Eduardo Mendoza, translated by Nick Caistor through NetGalley.com. ( )
  Dokfintong | Feb 7, 2016 |
Un expert anglais se voit consulter par une famille aristocratique madrilène pour évaluer un tableau et, une fois à Madrid, il va courir de Charybde en Scylla, pris dans les multiples étaux des différentes factions politiques qui s'affrontent à la veille de la guerre d'Espagne.
Livre très agréable à lire, surtout pour moi, qui connaissais finalement peu de ces antagonismes hispaniques, qui sont très clairement expliqués.

On n'y retrouve pas la faconde déjantée du Mendoza du Mystère de la crypte ensorcelée, du Labyrinthe aux olives ou des Aventures miraculeuses de Pomponius Flatus, mais qu'à cela tienne, voilà une histoire qui m'a tenue en haleine jusqu'au bout. ( )
  Millepages | Jan 30, 2016 |
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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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