The Sadness of the Samurai: A Novel

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The Sadness of the Samurai: A Novel

by Arbol Victor Del

Henry Holt and Co. | November 7, 2013 | Hardcover

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A betrayal and a murder in pro-Nazi Spain spark a struggle for power that grips a family for generations in this sweeping historical thriller

Fierce, edgy, brisk, and enthralling, this brilliant novel by Victor del Árbol pushes the boundaries of the traditional historical novel and in doing so creates a work of incredible power that resonates long after the last page has been turned.

When Isabel, a Spanish aristocrat living in the pro-Nazi Spain of 1941, becomes involved in a plot to kill her Fascist husband, she finds herself betrayed by her mysterious lover. The effects of her betrayal play out in a violent struggle for power in both family and government over three generations, intertwining her story with that of a young lawyer named Maria forty years later. During the attempted Fascist coup of 1981, Maria is accused of plotting the prison escape of a man she successfully prosecuted for murder. As Maria''s and Isabel''s narratives unfold they encircle each other, creating a page-turning literary thriller firmly rooted in history.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 080509475X

ISBN - 13: 9780805094756

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The Sadness of the Samurai: A Novel

The Sadness of the Samurai: A Novel

by Arbol Victor Del

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 080509475X

ISBN - 13: 9780805094756

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1     Mérida, December 10, 1941 It was cold, and a blanket of hard snow covered the train tracks. Dirty snow, stained with soot. Brandishing his wooden sword in the air, a child contemplated the knot of rails, hypnotized. The track split into two. One of the branch lines led west, and the other went east. A locomotive was stopped in the middle of the switch junction. It seemed disoriented, unable to choose between the two paths set out before it. The engineer stuck his head out of the narrow window. His gaze met the boy’s, as if he were asking him which direction to take. Or that was how it seemed to the small child, who lifted his sword and pointed to the west. For no real reason. Just because it was one of the possible options. Because it was there. When the station chief lifted the green flag, the engineer threw the cigarette he was smoking out the window and disappeared into the locomotive. A shrill whistle scared off the crows resting on the posts of the power cable overhead. The locomotive started up, spitting lumps of dirty snow from the rails. It slowly took the western route. The boy smiled, convinced that his hand had decided its course. At ten years old, he knew, without yet having the words to explain it, that he could achieve anything he set out to do. “Come on, Andrés. Let’s go.” It was his mother’s voice. A soft voice, filled with nuances you could only hear if you were paying attention. Her name was Isabel. 
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A betrayal and a murder in pro-Nazi Spain spark a struggle for power that grips a family for generations in this sweeping historical thriller

Fierce, edgy, brisk, and enthralling, this brilliant novel by Victor del Árbol pushes the boundaries of the traditional historical novel and in doing so creates a work of incredible power that resonates long after the last page has been turned.

When Isabel, a Spanish aristocrat living in the pro-Nazi Spain of 1941, becomes involved in a plot to kill her Fascist husband, she finds herself betrayed by her mysterious lover. The effects of her betrayal play out in a violent struggle for power in both family and government over three generations, intertwining her story with that of a young lawyer named Maria forty years later. During the attempted Fascist coup of 1981, Maria is accused of plotting the prison escape of a man she successfully prosecuted for murder. As Maria''s and Isabel''s narratives unfold they encircle each other, creating a page-turning literary thriller firmly rooted in history.

About the Author

Victor del Árbol holds a degree in history from the University of Barcelona. He has worked for Catalonia''s police force since 1992. In 2006, he won the Tiflos de Novela Award for The Weight of the Dead. The Sadness of the Samurai is his first novel to be translated into English.

Editorial Reviews

"A deftly plotted thriller that combines narrative momentum with literary ambition...masterful…A literary page-turner."-Kirkus, Starred Review

"Tension oozes from every page…a gripping thriller that rivals the suspense of Alan Furst's Night Soldiers and C. J. Samson's Winter in Madrid."-Booklist

"An intriguing story of espionage, sex, and betrayal… this historical thriller does not disappoint. Readers who enjoy detective fiction, historical fiction, and psychological thrillers will find plenty to engross them."-Library Journal

"Haunting and disturbing, this magnificent novel reminds us that the door is never completely shut upon evil or the past."-María Dueñas, author of the #1 internationally bestselling novel The Time in Between

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