Julio Llamazares: Wolf Moon


2017   ISBN 9780720619454

“Widely viewed as one of the first novels to break the so-called ‘Pact of Forgetting’ (pacto del olvido) that accompanied the Spanish transition to democracy, Wolf Moon is a moving account of the horrors of Francoism and the pressures the dictatorship exerted upon those that lived under it.”

Dr Chris Bannister, Arts & Humanities Research Council

Defeated by the Nationalists, four Republican fugitives flee into the Cantabrian mountains at the end of the Spanish Civil War. They are on the run, skirmishing with the Guardia Civil, knowing that surrender means certain death. Wounded and hungry they are frequently drawn from the safety of the wilderness into the villages they once inhabited, not only risking their lives but the lives of those sympathizers helping them. Faced with the lonely mountains, harsh winters and unforgiving summers, it is only a matter of time before they are hunted down. Llamazares’s lyrical prose vividly animates the wilderness, making the Spanish landscape as much a witness to the brutal oppression of the Franco regime as the persecuted villagers and republicans.

Published in Spanish as Luna de lobos in 1985, Wolf Moon was the first novel that centred on the Spanish Maquis to be published in Spain after Franco’s death in 1975. It was made into a film in 1987, directed by Julio Sánchez Valdés, with a cast including Santiago Ramos, Antonio Resines and Kiti Mánver.

“Julio Llamazares, the accomplished author of such books as La lluvia amarilla (1988; Yellow Rain, 2003), uses stark language and striking images to bring to life one of the most painful episodes in recent Spanish history.”

Nick Caistor, The Times Literary Supplement

Translated from the Spanish by Simon Deefholts and Kathryn Phillips-Miles.

Julio Llamazares - Wolf moon

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