The Disinherited: Exile and the Making of Spanish Culture, 1492-1975

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Few would doubt that Spain has for several centuries made a thrilling and important contribution to Europe’s culture. We all carry in our heads a complex and seductive sense of what Spain stands for and what it looks like: its music, painting, buildings, history. But what we do not understand is how almost all of this was the achievement not of one group, but of the Spanish in exile.

The Disinherited is an extremely important as well as enjoyable work of cultural recovery. Spain’s strange path has created a ‘virtual’ culture, one imagined by men often thousands of miles from home – its impact on the world has been incalculable.

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As Henry Kamen points out in his stimulating new book, few
countries in Europe have been so wracked by internal conflicts, and in no
other case have there been so many waves of involuntary and voluntary
exiles....Kamen's master-theme retains an argumentative cutting edge.
-- Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph

Kamen's outstanding gifts as an historian are evident on every
page. He sifts evidence with a vivid yet critical eye; his thinking is
unfettered. He writes total history, mastering every kind of source
material, weaving a comprehensive vision of Spanish culture that includes
art, science, thought, politics and everyday experience...he writes so well
and tells the stories so entertainingly that the scores of vignettes are a
source of pleasure rather than tedium...the book is essential for anyone
who wants to understand Spain. -- Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Literary Review

`Dazzlingly original and brilliantly revealing ... Kamen's outstanding gifts as an historian are evident' -- Literary Review Literary Review Literary Review

`From Ignatius Loyola to Picasso, all of Spain's greatest exiles find a home in The Disinherited ... Kamen offers absorbing thoughts on almost every page' -- Financial Times

`Kamen's strength is in the way he goes behind the scenes, allowing us to eavesdrop on contemporary voices'
-- Daily Telegraph

`Magisterial, intelligent and challenging ... a dynamic, engaging and intellectually stimulating book' -- The Scotsman

`Wonderfully accomplished, beautifully told' -- Observer

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A major cultural history of Spain over the last five hundred years, told through the eyes of its exiles.

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