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.