La hija del coronel

(The Colonel’s Daugther) Algaida, 1997

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At the end of the seventies, José – a young countryman conscious of his poverty and his social class, relegated to a sad and miserable life- decides to enrol in the foreign legion. In Melilla he falls passionately in love with Maria, the daughter of the Colonel, but this relationship will not only bring him up against the father and the other suitors of the girl,  but it will oblige him to flee form his own identity, leading him down a dangerous path of lies and traps.

La hija del coronel is a story of love, friendship, betrayal and revenge, of raised emotions, half truths and white lies. The action-packed rhythm of his narration, the passionate intrigue of the story and his disturbing background of sex, cruelty and violence – but also of submission and camaraderie – make it a surprising and uneasy novel.