‘Over the course of the long, hot summer months Marianela is never far from the young man's thoughts. Pedro had been using his monthly trips to the market in Zaragoza as an opportunity to visit a gypsy girl in a brothel there, but from the moment Marianela arrives, neither the bordello nor the prostitute hold quite as much fascination for him.’
Beginning in 1917 and running across the twentieth century, A Most Uncivil War tells the story of a young man, Pedro, struggling with his position as a landowner and head of the house. Giving in to his adolescent desires for one night, he sets the family on a path that culminates in estrangement, irreconcilable lies, brutality, glimpses of utopia, executions and eventual tragedy.
A Most Uncivil War is based on the true story of the hundreds of thousands of people that gambled their lives during the Spanish Civil War, fighting for a just and equal world, and who eventually paid the ultimate price in the first line of defence against the fascist axis. It tells the ideological struggle of the 20th century projected on to a canvas of a simple farming family in rural Aragon.
A Most Uncivil War represents the trials and tribulations of the Spanish population at a time when fascist insurgents and revolutionary anarchists were at war in the villages and cities. This book offers a view into the Spanish Civil War that is often overlooked in fiction, and will appeal to fans of historical novels, as well as those with a strong interest in Spanish history.