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The Anatomy of a Moment Paperback – 1 March 2012

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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1st edition (1 March 2012)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1408822105
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1408822104
  • Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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'A brilliant reconfiguring of a key event in contemporary European history. Audacious and wholly fascinating' (William Boyd)

'Persuasive, brilliant and absorbing' (Economist)

'Richly imagined, suspenseful and surprisingly poignant ... a reminder of how Spanish history might have taken a dramatically different turn that evening thirty years ago' (Financial Times)

'An almost Shakespearean account of soldiers, politicians, mixed motives and the lust for power' (Anne Chisholm, Sunday Telegraph)

Cercas is a master storyteller (Independent)

A mesmerising achievement (Literary Review)

Cercas forces us to abandon the fiction, the legend of the coup, and look at the pictures and story anew in all their complexity (Michael Eaude, Independent)

Always a nimble dancer on the edge of history and fiction, the Spanish writer returns with a closely researched but always dramatic account of the failed coup in 1981 that almost vanquished his country's fragile post-Franco democracy (Boyd Tonkin, Independent)

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Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean

The new novel by the bestselling author of Soldiers of Salamis (1 million copies worldwide) has sold more than 160,000 copies in hardback in Spain since publication in 2009.

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