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The Frozen Heart by Almudena Grandes

The Frozen Heart

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In its original form, this sweeping epic saga about the Spanish Civil War sold over 350,000 copies in its native Spain and it has now been beautifully translated into English; quite simply it is a Spanish Dr Zhivago. The discovery of an old folder of letters and the arrival of a stranger at the funeral of the incredibly wealthy and powerful Julio Carrión González throws the fate of the whole family into doubt. From the provincial heartlands of Spain to the battlefields of Russia, THE FROZEN HEART is a mesmerising journey through a war that tore families apart, pitted fathers against sons, brothers against brothers, wives against husbands. Against such a past, where do faith and loyalty lie?

A “piece of passion” on The Frozen Heart from the publisher…
"There is a reason why Almudena Grandes’s novels go straight to number one and sell over 300,000 copies in her native Spain – in fact there are several! First of all, she is a virtuoso storyteller and knows just how to keep her readers expectations balanced on a knife-edge." Click here to read more...


The Frozen Heart by Almudena Grandes

In the small town of Torrelodones on the outskirts of Madrid, a funeral is taking place. Julio Carrion Gonzalez, a man of tremendous wealth and influence in Madrid, has come home to be buried. But as the family stand by the graveside, his son Alvaro notices the arrival of a stranger -- a young and attractive woman. No one appears to know who she is, or why she is there. Alvaro's questions only deepen when the family inherits an enormous amount of money that is a surprise even to them. In his father's study Alvaro discovers an old folder with letters sent to his father in Russia between 1941 and 1943, faded photos of people he never met and a locked grey metal box. The woman is Raquel Fernandez Perea, the daughter of Spaniards who fled during the Civil War. One episode in her past has marked her for ever -- the only time she saw her grandfather cry. Her fate, and that of the family, now hangs on the secrets of Julio's past.


This novel confirms Almudena Grandes as one of Spain's leading writers ... this is a hugely intelligent, wise novel. It also tells a gripping story * Sunday Telegraph on The Wind from the East * Into the rich mix Grandes throws some classic ingredients of fairy-tales and fables ... Grandes never lets the pace slacken, combining a cracking story with convincing characterisation and good detail * Daily Telegraph on The Wind from the East * Most of this story is set in the past, as the events of the present are refracted through continual flashbacks of Juan and Sara's earlier lives ... steadily filled in with intense psychological detail ... the dexterity with which Grandes is able to unpick psychological states makes for a convincing and moving book * The Times on The Wind from the East * More Iberian ardour ... focusing on the high passions an easterly wind provokes in the inhabitants of a small cooastal town * Financial Times on The Wind from the East * One of the great writers of our time -- Mario Vargas Llosa Almudena Grandes is one of the most entertaining and powerful literary novelists now writing in Spanish. The Frozen Heart is a great book - one of the most fully engaged and compelling stories I've ever read -- Peter Florence, Director, Hay on Wye Festival

About the Author

Almudena Grandes

Almudena Grandes is one of Spain's top-selling authors. Her first book, THE AGES OF LULU, sold over a million copies worldwide and was translated in 21 languages. Two of her books have been made into films and two more films have been contracted.

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Publication date

3rd March 2011


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Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


800 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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