La buena reputación

Good Reputation | Seix Barral, 2014

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» Cálamo Prize 2014
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A pivotal figure of the Spanish literary scene, Ignacio Martínez de Pisón gives life to an unforgettable cast of characters, touching on some of the themes closest to his heart in a finely wrought, truthful portrait of the day-to-day life and fate of a family. A wonderful read to revisit, testifying as it does to our own experience and a yearning for memories lost in the mists of time.

«It wasn’t the world’s greatest family, but it was his family,» the book reveals in its closing pages.

A sweeping family saga that takes in 30 years of Spanish history peppered with great hopes and shattered dreams, happiness and. disappointments –a novel about what we inherit from the past and the need to find a place in the world.

1950s Melilla. Samuel is a Sephardic Jew, while his wife Mercedes is a Catholic. They lead a pleasant and peaceful life thanks to a flourishing bussiness. Nevertheless, the progressive decolonization of Morocco will force Spaniards to flee the Protectorate and face a terrible dilemma—moving to a country that has never been their home or establishing themselves in the newly created state of Israel. Against this backdrop of change and uncertainty, the already middle-aged couple contemplate their future and that of their two young daughters with unease.

1970s Zaragoza. Spain is slowly waking up to the modern era. The family has grown and Mercedes fights hard to keep it together. However, an estranged daughter, a suspicious death, an unexpected theft and family conflict are making things difficult for her. And a surprising last will and testament will further complicate matters.