The delicate art of historical fiction breathes life into history and shows its relevance to the present. In his newest novel Victus: The Fall of Barcelona
, Catalan author Albert Sanchez Pinol keeps the fires of the past burning by narrating the end of the nation of Catalonia. His engrossing story is a unique backdrop for the present-day independence movement in Catalonia and its crux: the War of Spanish Secession.
Pinol’s novel is posited as the autobiography of a 98-year-old Catalan military engineer, Marti Zuviria. “Zuvi” is a picaresque character (much like Voltaire’s