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He set out to write the comprehensive novel of the Spanish civil war.

His aim was to be objective – he read more than books in preparation – and non-sectarian: Gironella disliked the propaganda novels praising Franco as much as he hated the “lies” of Republican writers.

Los Cipreses largely achieves this even-handedness: However, at the end of the novel, his lurid account of the murder of priests and nuns after the defeat of the Francoite rising in Girona damages the jos.


Previously rounded characters unconvincingly change into bloodthirsty demons. Such killings did occur, but Gironella removes all context and explanation, and so invalidates his own pretensions to balance.

Books by José María Gironella (Author of The Cypresses Believe in God)

The second and third books of the trilogy are not so good. By then Gironella’s obsessive documentary realism had buried his characters in historical detail. Documentation and facts outweigh narrative.

Gironella was profoundly Catholic. Born in Darnius, Girona, after four years’ education at a seminary he left at 14 and worked in Girona successively in a hardware store, a drinks factory and a bank. With the civil warhe left Catalonia and fought on the Franco side.

Postwar, he was briefly imprisoned for smuggling. I sold only In he illegally walked over the Pyrenees – his smuggling route – into France, staying untiland writing the pages of Los Cipreses.

Los Cipreses made Gironella rich, he built a luxury home and started travelling.

Big-selling travel books followed, giironella most famous on Asiasold and on Palestine. His novels show anguish and touches of nihilism, which in his private life made him prone to depression. His last novel, El Apocalipsis The Apocalypsecame out in Gironella’s rejection of the triumphalist trash written by other victors of the war and vicir courage in standing up to the rightwing of the regime have been largely forgotten.


He was fated to be known after as the man privileged to earn a living from literature during the dictatorship, while other writers were silenced or published for small audiences in the insecurity of exile. No book in the Franco era was so widely discussed.