The Valley of the Fallen

The Valley of the Fallen

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Overview

Acclaimed translator Edith Grossman brings to English-language readers Rojas’s imaginative vision of Francisco de Goya and the reverberations of his art in Fascist Spain

This historical novel by one of Spain’s most celebrated authors weaves a tale of disparate time periods: the early years of the nineteenth century, when Francisco de Goya was at the height of his artistic career, and the final years of Generalissimo Franco’s Fascist rule in the 1970s. Rojas re-creates the nineteenth-century corridors of power and portrays the relationship between Goya and King Fernando VII, a despot bent on establishing a cruel regime after Spain’s War of Independence. Goya obliges the king’s request for a portrait, but his depiction not only fails to flatter but reflects a terrible darkness and grotesqueness. More than a century later, transcending conventional time, Goya observes Franco’s body lying in state and experiences again a dark and monstrous despair.
 
Rojas's work is a dazzling tour de force, a unique combination of narrative invention and art historical expertise that only he could have brought to the page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300217964
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Series: Margellos World Republic of Letters Series
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author


Carlos Rojas is an award-winning novelist, art historian, and creator of visual works of art. He is also Charles Howard Candler Professor of Spanish Emeritus at Emory University. He lives in Atlanta. Edith Grossman has received an array of awards for her translations by authors including Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes, and Miguel de Cervantes.

Table of Contents

The Absurdities

The Dream of Reason

The Family of Carlos IV 3

The Monsters

The Prince of Peace 29

The Disasters of War

The Dream of Reason

May 3, 1808, in Madrid 61

The Monsters

The Duchess of Alba 86

Tauromachy

The Dream of Reason

Wild Bull 117

The Monsters

Pepe-Hillo 147

The Caprices

The Dream of Reason

Blind Man's Bluff 175

The Monsters

The Duchess of Osuna 204

Furious Absurdity

The Dream of Reason

A Quarrel with Cudgels 233

The Monsters

The Desired One 257

Timeline 293

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