The Fall of BarcelonaBook - 2014
A #1 international bestseller reminiscent of the works of Roberto Bola#65533;o, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and Edward Rutherford--a page-turning historical epic, set in early eighteenth-century Spain, about a military mastermind whose betrayal ultimately leads to the conquest of Barcelona, from the globally popular Catalonian writer Albert S#65533;nchez Pi#65533;ol.
Why do the weak fight against the strong? At 98, Mart#65533; Zuvir#65533;a ponders this question as he begins to tell the extraordinary tale of Catalonia and its annexation in 1714. No one knows the truth of the story better, for Mart#65533; was the very villain who betrayed the city he was commended to keep.
The story of Catalonia and Barcelona is also Mart#65533;'s story. A prestigious military engineer in the early 1700s, he fought on both sides of the long War of the Spanish Succession between the Two Crowns--France and Spain--and aided an Allied enemy in resisting the consolidation of those two powers. Politically ambitious yet morally weak, Mart#65533; carefully navigates a sea of Machiavellian intrigue, eventually rising to a position of power that he will use for his own mercenary ends.
A sweeping tale of heroism, treason, war, love, pride, and regret that culminates in the tragic fall of a legendary city, illustrated with battle diagrams, portraits of political figures, and priceless maps of the old city of Barcelona, Victus is a magnificent literary achievement that is sure to be hailed as an instant classic.