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An extraordinary epic of love, family, and war set in the Basque town of Guernica before, during, and after its destruction by the German Luftwaffe during the Spanish Civil War.

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Calling to mind such timeless war-and-love classics as Corelli's Mandolin and The English Patient, Guernica is a transporting novel that thrums with the power of storytelling and is peopled with characters driven by grit and heart.

In 1935, Miguel Navarro finds himself in conflict with the Spanish Civil Guard and flees the Basque fishing village of Lekeitio to make a new start in Guernica, the center of Basque culture and tradition. In the midst of this isolated bastion of democratic values, Miguel finds more than a new life—he finds someone to live for. Miren Ansotegui is a charismatic and graceful dancer who has her pick of the bachelors in Guernica, but she focuses only on the charming and mysterious Miguel. The two discover a love that war and tragedy cannot destroy.

History and fiction merge seamlessly in this beautiful novel about the resilience of family, love, and tradition in the face of hardship. The bombing of Guernica was a devastating experiment in total warfare by the German Luftwaffe in the run-up to World War II. For the Basques, it was an attack on the soul of their ancient nation; for the world, it was an unprecedented crime against humanity. In his first novel, Boling reintroduces the event and paints his own picture of a people so strong, vibrant, and proud that they are willing to do whatever it takes to protect their values, their country, and their loved ones.

"A first-class romance.... That Boling's first effort has brought so many notable characters to life in such realistic settings is praiseworthy." ---Los Angeles Times

"James handles the material with aplomb, given the atrocities rendered." ---AudioFile

"A very good novel indeed---and a crucial reminder that genocidal folly is never as far away from us as we might wish." ---Kirkus

"Boling threads his way through the stories of his many characters with humor, compassion and rich details." ---The Washington Post

Guernica

A Novel

Author Dave Boling

Narrated by Lloyd James

Publication date Sep 16, 2008

Running time 13 hrs

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