Joan Sales con Uncertain Glory
Originally published in Catalan in 1956, albeit in a heavily censored form, Uncertain Glory was the first novel to tell the story of the Spanish Civil War from the losers' side. Joan Sales fought on the Madrid and Aragon fronts before fleeing into exile. He distilled his experiences of this bitter fratricidal conflict into a timeless story of three men who love the same woman. Despite his allegiances, Sales avoids a simplistic division into good and evil. The novel's hero, Juli Soleras, perhaps the most compelling character in Catalan literature, is more of an anti-hero: half philosopher, half cynic, locked in an eternal struggle with himself. A thrilling epic that has drawn comparisons with the works of Dostoevsky and Stendhal, Uncertain Glory provides an authentic, homegrown counterpoint to such classics as Homage to Catalonia and For Whom the Bell Tolls.