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The Carpenter's Pencil By Manuel Rivas

The Carpenter's Pencil by Manuel Rivas

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During the early months of the Spanish Civil War, a prisoner draws the famous porch of Santiago de Compostela's cathedral. Using a carpenter's pencil, he replaces the sculptured faces of the prophets and elders with the faces of his fellow Republican prisoners.

The Carpenter's Pencil Summary

The Carpenter's Pencil by Manuel Rivas

A timeless love story that grew out of the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. It is the summer of 1936, the early months of the agonising civil war that engulfs Spain. In a prison in the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela, an artist sketches the famous porch of the cathedral, the Portico de Gloria. He uses a carpenter's pencil. But instead of reproducing the sculptured faces of the prophets and elders, he draws the faces of his fellow Republican prisoners. Years later in post-Franco Spain, a survivor of that period, Doctor Daniel da Barca, returns from exile to his native Galicia, and the threads of past memories begin to be woven together.

The Carpenter's Pencil Reviews

"He is an important storyteller because he is sensitive and he has an incredible ear, which, in his fiction, is allied to great ingenuity" John Berger; "A stunning debut novel... a dense, intense book, marbled with melancholy and euphoria... Jonathan Dunne's fluid interpretation of The Carpenter's Pencil has added a graceful, moving volume to the canon of literature spawned by the Spanish Civil War" James Urquhart, Financial Times

About Manuel Rivas

Manuel Rivas was born in A Coruna in 1957. He writes in the Galician language of north-west Spain. He has published three novels and three collections of stories. The Carpenter's Pencil won him the coveted Spanish Critics' Prize and is being made into a film. Three of the stories in his collection *Que me queres, amor? have been made into the acclaimed film "Butterfly's Tongue".

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The Carpenter's Pencil by Manuel Rivas
Used - Very Good
Vintage Publishing
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