What Happened When the War Was Over; further stories of Gonzalo Llorente and Carlos Tejada Alonso y Leon

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In the novel DEATH OF A NATIONALIST, committed fascist Carlos Tejada Alonso y Leon crosses paths with equally committed socialist Gonzalo Llorente. The meeting changes both men's lives forever. The stories in WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER trace the lives of Tejada and Gonzalo after General Franco's dictatorship falls, and complete their biographies for curious readers of the Tejada series. More

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About Rebecca Pawel

Rebecca Pawel was born and raised in New York City. She grew up traveling between New York and Puerto Rico, and began studying Spanish seriously in high school. A summer spent studying in Madrid cemented a life-long love of Spain, and laid the foundation for a major in Spanish Language and Literature at Columbia University.

Pawel has published four novels set in the immediate aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. These books begin with DEATH OF A NATIONALIST (2003) which won an Edgar® for best first novel by an American author. DEATH OF A NATIONALIST was followed by LAW OF RETURN(2004), THE WATCHER IN THE PINE(2005) and THE SUMMER SNOW, which was listed as one of Publisher’s Weekly’s best mysteries of 2006.

Pawel teaches in a public high school in New York, which at times feels like being a member of the International Brigades, and at times -- given the climate at the Department of Education -- feels like belonging to the Falange. She has written a (still unpublished) novel about the Spanish Empire in Renaissance Flanders, and her writing interests have led her to study French, Dutch, and Catalan, as well as Spanish. In her not very plentiful spare time, she dances, plays the flute, and tries to keep writing more historical novels.

Videos

tv clip from "Hostages"
This clip was both the inspiration for the story "Hostages" and part of what Tejada and Elena actually listen to in the story. This is REAL news footage (although the music was added after the event). The images of the Congress were recorded live on February 23, 1981, but originally broadcast a day later, after the standoff was over, to protect the hostages. (Warning: Audio is in Spanish only)

Reviews

Review by: Douglas DeHart on Oct. 18, 2012 :
Surely a must read for all those who read and enjoyed Rebecca Pawel's Captain Tejada series. She has neatly tied up a few lose ends, told us more about several of the primary characters, and brought the story to a heartfelt end.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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