Treasure of the Spanish Civil War and Other Tales


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Book Description

Serge Pey’s stories are vivid vignettes of the lives of Spanish Civil War refugees and their children, who fled on foot from Catalonia to Southern France through the Pyrenees, only to be interned in French prison camps upon their arrival. A kaleidoscope of memory and imagination, the collection is a series of surreal glimpses from the perspective of political refugees, many of them children. Through their eyes, we see the secret language of resistance: codes in clothes lines, secret libraries of banned books, cherry trees named for assassinated comrades. Pey’s understated yet unusual prose renders a brutal landscape with childlike wonder. The Treasure of the Spanish Civil War and Other Tales is a story of immigrants reclaiming a silenced history and returning it to the present, one that echoes the oppressive borders of today.