The Spanish writer Dolores Redondo Meira (born in 1969 in Donostia-San Sebastián) conquered 2013/2014 with its Baztán crime series, the Spanish bestseller lists. 2016 won her thriller ” Todo esto te Daré < " Dolores Redondo: "Todo esto te daré" at
the focus of the broad-based action Manuel Ortigosa stands, 52, author of several bestsellers. Presenting his latest, he met the successful advertising executive Álvaro Muñiz de Dávila know, the two fell in love and married soon after.
Three years ago was. But at present the author is writing not so slight of hand.
His self-doubt stir on fundamentals: Why and what is writing a writer? He is committed to provide its readers what they expect from him, but Álvaro has concerns about the new novel concept. The story about the Manuel so hard struggles, is entitled “The sun of Thebes,” which Ortigosa-Hawkins Redondo somehow seem to be a triumvirate of kinship to connect. But that is one of the more marginal flourishes of this book.
The Krimiplot sets in, as two policemen tear Manuel from his literary musings and he announce that Alvaro had been killed in a car accident in the province of Lugo. Manuel hears the message, but he lacks faith. Finally, Álvaro had set out to Barcelona to present a project there. To make themselves locally, which may have happened, Manuel immediately makes the Five Hundred-kilometer trip to Galicia. There, waiting for him bitter truths. His life partner was remained unknown in reality, because he had led a double life.
Álvaro comes from one of the oldest noble families of Galicia. The family owns extensive lands and wineries in the mountainous region of Ribeira Sacra. After his father’s death three years earlier Álvaro dropped the title “Count of Santo Tomé” too, he took over the debt-ridden family owned and could prevent its total collapse and further decay using his private assets. For Manuel, the fine clan proves hornet’s nest, where the taboo gay intruder is punished with contempt. But with the reading of the will the countess, her son Santiago, her daughters and a three year old grandson unheard suffered Don Álvaro granted them in his will generous grants for living expenses, but his “beloved husband Manuel Ortigosa ‘intended for sole heir p. >
Not only do family members are shocked at the outrageous available, which makes their future well-being of a stranger with anrüchigem sexual behavior dependent. Also Manuel is inclined to waive all claims and leave the possessions the arrogant nobleman. But Álvaro has authorized this step at least three months. The forced delay utilizes Manuel to think about all the unusual events and get to know the land, especially the difficult to access wineries on the steep slopes of the Ribeira Sacra.
Meanwhile, the family de Dávila wishes no further police investigation. Your good name should not be dragged through the mud. The strategy has a long tradition, because in the past many a scandal has been covered up in this way. In contrast stands Manuel with his doubts about Alvaro’s cause of death not alone. The retired policeman Nogueira, the feudal lust for power of the Spanish nobility dynasties since has always been a thorn in the side, encouraged him in his skepticism and the search for truth. The pathologist can Ofelia former colleagues come kindly valuable lessons.
Another important informant, the priest Lucas turns. He had a scholarship attended Catholic boarding school and seminary, to all sons of the wealthy upper class of the area were sent. Lucas was certainly the only one who was eventually ordained a priest. As Alvaro’s closest confidant he knew not only on its relationship with Manuel and their violent rejection in the family, but also knows many other internals, such as from the Franco era. Fixed to the side of the dictator, the de Dávila developed at that time to a particular business acumen and accumulated enormous wealth. The then count, so it is rumored, lived the high life, maintain a mistress and squandered much of the assets. For his three sons, he was unapproachable, and his wife, the Countess was their children, unfortunately, never a good mother. Each suffered in his own way.
Along this red thread Dolores Redondo has written a comprehensive, easy to read summer Schmöker who came but unnecessarily complex and overloaded. clarify the actual backbone as three different investigators Alvaro’s life and death, the author served in appetizers and thus binds the focused on continuation and voltage reader. Which would, however, omitted some lateral columns certainly like such as the tense, unfulfilled marriage Pensioner Nogueira
But Dolores Redondo has a whole lot more on his mind, and bind them into their exuberant novel.: first her love of wild, original Galicia. This makes them good and convincing. We exquisitely us a spectacular landscape, a green paradise full of grace and peace, most certainly unknown because remote, sparsely populated and impassable. Narrow streets wind through lush vegetation on steep mountains and offer stunning panoramic views of the breathtaking scenery of the Miño and Sil and silent reservoirs in which sink into the fifties and sixties several villages had. How troublesome is the work of the farmers on the terraces of their vineyards, they can partially accessible only by boat, the author vividly describes detailed and knowledgeable.
Redondo’s second concern is the representation of traditional social life of the region she weaves in many episodes in the main narrative. The sound passed to the influential noble families who like to present themselves as gracious employers whose power has always been unimpeachable but by its land ownership and the support of the Catholic doctrine. Probably because of this constancy we can admire in Galicia still original rural life and mystical, centuries old monasteries and hidden church. Unfortunately, the author sees compelled to stylize the fictional de-Dávila clan the epitome of all evil characteristics in its class, which she and her family life vermonstert beyond the limits of credibility out. In this respect, unfortunately, the resolution frustrated the criminal case.
The third theme of this book is the way society deals with sexuality. For centuries taboo, has been used for several years to light which crimes were behind high Catholic monastery walls and under the guise of ecclesiastical authority on the agenda. The author works sensitively and dramatically out at the same time, what a traumatic consequences this had for the brothers de Dávila. In addition, it illustrates how difficult and painful it was to live out sexual otherness under repressive conditions until a few years ago.
concerns and criticism of the author are legitimate and justified. But their mass overgrown the criminal case, and the detective story turns into a heavy overloaded family saga full of problems that overwhelm the reader in the form of many weighty episodes of countless people and diverse fates (love, jealousy, blackmail, theft, abuse, murder …) as the stormy surf the bays of the rugged coastline of Galicia.