An excellent novel . . . fascinating both in its exploration of the past and in the playful creativity of its own narrative.
An admirable novel, truly unique
Only Cercas could have written a novel like this, at the peak of his maturity as a writer; he is one of the best we have
A remarkable act of personal history: brave, revelatory and unflinchingly honest
There is no-one writing in English like this: engaged humanity achieving a hard-won wisdom
Cercas' candid wranglings with how to tell this tale, his own deep discomfort and the grave maturity with which he acknowledges he can't feel morally superior to Mena make him a wonderfully warm and wise guide through this sad, small chapter of the Spanish Civil War.
One of the strengths of Lord of All the Dead is the breadth of its subject matter. . . In this elegant and penetrating narrative Cercas shows us how important it is that Mena's life is not forgotten
It's a subversive and disenchanted view of war in general and the Spanish conflict in particular, in a fine translation by Anne McLean . . . It can be moving, unexpectedly funny, racy, demotic or deadpan.
A brave, persuasive novel
Javier Cercas in conversation with Daniel Hahn at Hay Festival
1st Jun 2019
Javier Cercas discusses Lord of All the Dead with Daniel Hahn at the Hay Festival.