A #1 international bestseller reminiscent of the works of
Roberto Bolano, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and Edward Rutherford--a
page-turning historical epic, set in early eighteenth-century
Spain, about a military mastermind whose betrayal ultimately leads
to the conquest of Barcelona, from the globally popular Catalonian
writer Albert Sanchez Pinol.
Why do the weak fight against the strong? At 98, Marti Zuviria
ponders this question as he begins to tell the extraordinary tale
of Catalonia and its annexation in 1714. No one knows the truth of
the story better, for Marti was the very villain who betrayed the
city he was commended to keep.
The story of Catalonia and Barcelona is also Marti's story. A
prestigious military engineer in the early 1700s, he fought on both
sides of the long War of the Spanish Succession between the Two
Crowns--France and Spain--and aided an Allied enemy in resisting
the consolidation of those two powers. Politically ambitious yet
morally weak, Marti carefully navigates a sea of Machiavellian
intrigue, eventually rising to a position of power that he will use
for his own mercenary ends.
A sweeping tale of heroism, treason, war, love, pride, and
regret that culminates in the tragic fall of a legendary city,
illustrated with battle diagrams, portraits of political figures,
and priceless maps of the old city of Barcelona, Victus is a
magnificent literary achievement that is sure to be hailed as an
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