Not Only Fire

Benjamin Prado
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ISBN 9780571209019 Format Paperback
Published 21/04/2003 Length 208 pages

About Book

A Spanish family torn apart by the Civil War. A story of exile, love and loss in Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador and Mexico. A marriage embittered by disappointment, a small boy struck by lightning, and a young woman running headlong into a personal hell. This is the drama of Benjamín Prado's Not Only Fire.

Prado introduces us to four generations of an everyday - and yet extraordinary - Spanish family. Grandfather Truman is the son of Republicans purged under Franco; Samuel and Ruth are a married couple, their past full of youthful dreams and promises, who now face a humdrum future; their young daughter Martha is caught in an intense but self-destructive relationship; and their ten-year-old son Maceo is obsessed by the sky, and the stories Truman tells him of travels, secrets and tragedies. Each member of the family is close to the edge - and anything could happen, from forgiveness to murder . . .

'Eighteen-year-old Marta goes to parties where the kids drink and snog to Sonic Youth. This could be England. But her leftist family is scarred by four decades under Franco.' Observer

  • About Benjamin Prado

    Benjamin Prado was born in Madrid in 1961. He has published several volumes of poetry and a series of novels: Raro (1995), Donde crees que vas y quien te crees que eres (1996), Nunca le des la mano a un pistolero zurdo / Never Shake Hands with a Left-handed Gunman (1996), and Alguien se acerca (1998). No solo el fuego / Not Only Fire was first published in Spain in 1999, and won the prestigious Premio Andalucia de Novela.

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