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lldefonso Falcones de Sierra, married and the father of four children, is a lawyer who lives and works in Barcelona. The cathedral of the sea is his homage to a people capable of building, in the then unusual span of fifty-four years, what is undoubtedly one of the most lovely churches in the world.A historical novel that has become an unprecedented bestseller, recognized by both readers and critics, and whose publication rights have been sold to thirty-two countries. The winner of several awards, including the 2006 Silver Euskadi Prize for best Spanish language novel, the 2007 Qué Leer Prize for best Spanish language book of the year, and the prestigious Italian award, Giovanni Boccaccio, for best foreign author of 2007.
8 books on the list
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Set in XIV century Barcelona, witness the construction of the largest cathedral Mary had ever known rising from the humble neighborhood of fishermen. Follow Arnau's story as he escapes from the abuses of his feudal lord and becomes a member of the guild of stone-workers, soldier, and moneychanger. His ascent to nobility and wealth is met with envy and a sordid plot that puts his life at the hands of the Inquisition, which leads him to a heart-wrenching betrayal. Will he lose his life just as his beloved Cathedral of the Sea is finally completed?
Set in medieval Barcelona, "Los herederos de la tierra" follows Hugo Llor, a young boy who dreams of becoming a shipbuilder. But when his mentor's family seeks revenge, Hugo struggles to survive in an unfair city. Forced to leave his neighborhood, he finds work with a Jewish man who teaches him about the world of wine and introduces him to his beautiful niece, Dolça. As they navigate their forbidden love, Hugo continues to fight for his dignity in a volatile feudal society. From the author of "La catedral del mar," this novel expertly recreates medieval Barcelona and its corrupt nobility.
Step into the vibrant world of medieval Barcelona with this two-part historical novel set. In the first book, journey alongside Arnau, a servant-turned-free-man, as he rises from poverty to nobility through his tireless work on the construction of Santa Maria de la Mar. But his newfound status comes with a price, as conspiracies and envy threaten his life. The second book follows Hugo, a young shipbuilder's apprentice, as he faces betrayal and navigates the injustices of 14th century Barcelona. With twists and turns at every corner, this captivating saga will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Travel back to 14th century Barcelona during its time of prosperity and witness the construction of the grand Santa María de la Mar. Follow the journey of Arnau Estanyol, a humble servant who rises to the ranks of the wealthy in this graphic novel adaptation of a bestselling masterpiece by Ildefonso Falcones.
"Discover the powerful story of a young artist caught between two worlds in Barcelona's Modernist era. With love, passion for art, social unrest, and vengeance at the forefront of the plot, follow the journey of Dalmau Sala as he navigates the contrasting lifestyles of his family and his mentor. Can Dalmau find his true path as an artist and as a man? Immerse yourself in Ildefonso Falcones' stunning depiction of a city on the brink of change, where rebellion and hope collide."
This historical fiction novel tells a powerful story of friendship, passion, and revenge in 18th century Spain. Follow two women, a former slave from Cuba and a rebellious gypsy, as they bond over shared struggles amid prejudice and intolerance. From the dynamic streets of Sevilla to the noble theaters of Madrid, the women's journey is one of love, loss, and fighting for what is right. Author Ildefonso Falcones takes readers on a captivating ride of unforgettable characters and sweeping historical events.
A young man caught between two religions and two loves fights for freedom and respect in 16th century Spain. The last Muslim kingdom of Granada has fallen, leaving its people oppressed and forced to abandon their religion. Hernando, son of a Muslim woman and a priest, fights for his place in a world that rejects him. Amidst the struggle, Hernando discovers love with the valiant Fátima. When the rebellion fails, Hernando is exiled to Cordoba, where he hopes to start anew in the fight for tolerance and harmony. This gripping novel from the author of "La Catedral del mar" weaves historical accuracy with a moving tale of love, hate, and adventure.
A tale of love, ambition, and political turmoil set in turn-of-the-century Barcelona. Artist Dalmau Sala lives in two worlds - his day job designing tiles for a ceramics factory, and his passion for selling his art to high society. But his relationship with his great love, Emma, falls apart after a tragedy, and he must fight for his ideals and their love amidst growing Republican protests. From the author of the bestselling The Cathedral of the Sea, this masterful and engaging novel offers a vivid portrait of Barcelona.