On a stormy night, Ruth waits to tell her husband Samuel that she is leaving him, as he's no longer the idealistic hero she once loved. Meanwhile their son Maceo listens to his grandfather's stories of the Civil War, and daughter Marta is no the phone, suffering from unrequited love. But when Maceo is then struck by lightening, the peculiar relationships within this secretive and frustrated family are suddenly illuminated. Benjamin Prado's great achievement is to imbue his narrative with an epic dimension, the family's interrelations mirroring the upheavals of 20th-century Spain.
Benjamin Prado was born in Madrid in 1961. He has published several volumes of poetry and a series of novels: Raro (1995), Donde crees que vas y quien te crees que eres (1996), Nunca le des la mano a un pistolero zurdo / Never Shake Hands with a Left-handed Gunman (1996), and Alguien se acerca (1998). No solo el fuego / Not Only Fire was first published in Spain in 1999, and won the prestigious Premio Andalucia de Novela.
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