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The Spanish Bow

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"I was almost born Happy." So begins The Spanish Bow and the remarkable history of Feliu Delargo, who just misses being "Feliz" by a misunderstanding at his birth, which he barely survives.

The accidental bequest of a cello bow from his dead father sets Feliu on the course of becoming a musician, unlikely given his beginnings in a dusty village in Catalonia. When he is compelled to flee to anarchist Barcelona, his education in music, life, and politics begins. But it isn’t until he arrives at the court of the embattled monarchy in Madrid that passion enters the composition with Aviva, a virtuoso violinist with a haunted past. As Feliu embarks on affairs, friendships, and rivalries, forces propelling the world toward a catastrophic crescendo sweep Feliu along in their wake.

The Spanish Bow is a haunting fugue of music, politics, and passion set against half a century of Spanish history, from the tail end of the nineteenth century up through the Spanish Civil War and World War II.

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Published in hardcover by Harcourt, 2007, 978-0-15-101542-9/0-15-101524-2

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A haunting fugue of music, politics, and passion set against half a century of Spanish history, through the Spanish Civil War and World War II

In a dusty, turn-of-the-century Catalan village, young Feliu Delargo receives the unexpected gift of a cello bow, setting himon the unlikely courseof becoming a musician. Hisextraordinaryjourney leads himto anarchist Barcelona and the court of the embattled monarchy in Madrid, where he meetsAviva, a beautiful violinist with a haunted past. Meanwhile, forces gather that will propel the world to a catastrophic crescendo, testing the strength of Feliu's friendships, rivalries, and loves.

"Expertly woven throughout the book are cameo appearances by Pablo Picasso, Adolf Hitler, Francisco Franco, Bertolt Brecht, and others, but it is the fictional Feliu, Justo, and Aviva who will keep you mesmerized to the last page."--Christian Science Monitor

"Ambition, imagination, and luck are equal components of art and, this book seems to suggest, of political life. By choosing the bow, his father's accidental gift, Feliu opens a 'world of tastes and sensations' far more enduring than the toy of the moment, and Rmano-Lax makes an impressive and richly atmospheric debut." The New York Times Book Review

ANDROMEDA ROMANO-LAX is the author of Searching for Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez. This is her first novel. She lives in Alaska. Visit www.RomanoLax.com.
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