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Albert Sánchez Piñol
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Victus: Barcelona 1714
hardcover
606 pages
Why do the weak fight against the strong? At 98, Martí Zuviría 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 Martí was the very villain who betrayed the city he was commended to keep.

The story of Catalonia and Barcelona is also Martí’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, Martí carefully navigates a sea of Machiavellian intrigue, eventually rising to a position of power that he will use for his own mercenary end.

Epic Novel which asks the important questions in life, what is it all about, and why do people do what the do.

Trying a little too hard to be like Umberto Eco, but nevertheless a entertaining read

Recommended!

8/10
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