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Blog posts tagged with 'historical fiction'

An Interview with Paula McLain
Best-selling author Paula McLain agreed to answer our questions about 1920s Kenya, the extraordinary life of record-setting aviatrix Beryl Markham and what it means to write historical fiction. In her new book Circling the Sun, McLain re-imagines 1920s Kenya and the extraordinary life of record-setting aviator Beryl Markham. Abandoned by her mother and raised on a failing farm among the native Kipsigis tribe, Markham eventually enters the bohemian Happy Valley set and becomes entangled in a love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and author Karen Blixen. Markham's passion and fate, however, would converge in the golden-age world of aviation.
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Victus: The Fall of Barcelona
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