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Julio Cerón, Founder of the Popular Liberation Front, during a conference in 1984.
Julio Cerón, Founder of the Popular Liberation Front, during a conference in 1984.

At the end of the 1950s and during the 1960s, the first opposition group to Francoism emerged in Spain, made up of the first generation of men and women who had not lived through the Civil War. That group was the Popular Liberation Front (FLP), popularly known as Felipe. in his essay The People’s Liberation Front, Cristian Cerón and Francisco Lara, from the University of Malaga, develop the story of how a few hundred militants encouraged a formation that fostered criticism and reflection, whose main contribution to the history of anti-Francoism will undoubtedly be the political education of a large group of cadres who, starting in the 1970s, once the FLP disappeared, would lead the transition from a closed regime to an open society.

The Galician writer and journalist Wenceslao Fernández Flórez, who unlike the members of Felipe did live through the Civil War, left a bitter portrait of Madrid in 1936 in the red terrora book that has just been published for the first time in Spanish and that coincides with the appearance in a single volume of four of the author’s most popular novels, including The animated forest. It was also terror what the Jewish journalist Talia Lavin experienced when she entered the spiral of hate of white supremacism on the Internet, an investigation that led to the book The culture of hate.

In the fiction section, the Bolivian writer Edmundo Paz Soldán delves into technological dystopia through the eight stories that make up the title the way of the future. The newly born Infinite Doll editorial looks to the past, which opens with the only stories that, under the title of Lists of the past left published Julie Hayden, a worker in the press department of The New Yorker died prematurely at the age of 42, in 1981. In her stories, the author demonstrates an exceptional mastery of the expression of feelings without ever falling into sentimentality: she does it so well that, in fact, you want to cry when you read it.

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In Friends forever, Daniel Ruiz García sneaks into a 50th birthday party where a group of friends implodes while, in Mr. Königsberg’s ability to loveby Juan Jacinto Muñoz-Rengel, a man who plans the time of his life to the millimeter is faced with an apocalypse that, although for others it could mean a tragedy, for him it means only a new stillness. lovesong, the latest novel by Carlos Zanón, follows the road trip of a group of rockers united by music, love and violence and, in Iowa City, birthplace of the most famous writing workshop on the planet, Andre Dubus is placed in the footsteps of his literary idols, Cheever and Carver, whose inspiration led him to conceive the stories of the recently published Separate flights.

cover 'The popular liberation front, FELIPE.  History of a rebellion, 1958-1969', CRISTINA CERAN TORREBLANCA and FRANCISCO LARA SÁNCHEZ.  PUBLISHING BOOKS OF THE CATARACT.

An essay to understand Felipe, an anti-Francoist group that promoted dialogue between Christianity and Marxism with militants who did not experience the Civil War. Criticism of Joaquín Estefanía.

Cover of 'Flights apart', by Andre Subus.

Infidelity, its causes and consequences, is the axis on which Andre Dubus’s book Separate Flights orbits, whose stories maintain a painful tone although somehow luminously hopeful. Review of Laura Fernandez.

Cover of 'The Red Terror', by Wenceslao Fernández Flórez.

Wenceslao Fernández Flórez draws a sour portrait of the Madrid of the Civil War, which initially lived hidden, in the autobiographical ‘El terror rojo’, hitherto unpublished in Spanish. Criticism of Carles Geli.


The narrative rhythm of Carlos Zanón’s latest novel, a ‘road fiction’ with twilight rockers and saturated with music, requires reading with a soundtrack. Review by Domingo Ródenas de Moya.

cover 'The lists of the past', JULIE HAYDEN.  EDITOTIAL INFINITE DOLL

Julie Hayden, who only wrote the stories in ‘The Lists of the Past’ before she died at the age of 42, masters the expression of feelings like no other without falling into sentimentality. Review of José María Guelbenzu.

cover 'Friends forever', DANIEL RUIZ.  EDITORIAL TUSQUETS

In his novel, Daniel Ruiz takes advantage of the web of antagonies braided over the years by some old high school classmates, the grudges and misgivings that erupt at a 50th birthday party. Review by Ana Rodríguez Fischer.

cover 'The culture of hate.  A journey through the dark web of white supremacy', TALIA LAVIN, EDITORIAL CAPITAN SWING

Jewish journalist Talia Lavin infiltrates the underworld in the Racist Hate Network
and studies the feedback process of his extremist and misogynist discourses. Review by Jordi Amat.

Cover of 'The Way of the Future', by Edmundo Paz Soldán.

The ambition to create an artificial entity that absolutely dominates man, while making him happy, pervades the stories in the novel ‘The Way of the Future’. Criticism of J. Ernesto Ayala-Dip.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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