A Long Petal of the Sea

That September 3, 1939, the day of the Spanish exiles’ splendid arrival in Chile, the Second World War broke out in Europe. Victor Dalmau is a young doctor when he is caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life – and the fate of his country – forever changed. Together with his sister-in-law, the pianist Roser Bruguera, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile. When opportunity to seek refuge in Chile arises, they take it, boarding a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda to the promised ‘long petal of sea and wine and snow’ over the seas. There, they find themselves enmeshed in a rich web of characters who come together in love and tragedy over the course of four generations, destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world.

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERTHE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER'A powerful love story spanning generations? Full of ambition and humanity' Sunday Times'One of the strongest and most affecting works in Allende's long career' New York Times Book ReviewVictor Dalmau is a young doctor when he is caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life - and the fate of his country - forever changed. Together with his sister-in-law, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile in Chile. There, they find themselves enmeshed in a rich web of characters who come together in love and tragedy over the course of four generations, destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world.'A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile and belonging' Independent Online'A defiantly warm and funny novel, by somebody who has earned the right to argue that love and optimism can survive whatever history might throw at us' Daily Telegraph'Allende's style is impressively Olympian and the payoff is remarkable' Guardian

Additional information

Weight 238 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 20 mm
Author

Allende, Isabel

Publisher

Bloomsbury

Imprint

Bloomsbury

Cover

Paperback

Pages

318

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

863.64 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K