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A #1 international bestseller reminiscent of the works of Roberto BolaÃÂ±o, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and Edward RutherfordÃ¢â¬âa page-turning historical epic, set in early eighteenth-century Spain, about a military mastermind whose betrayal ultimately leads to the conquest of Barcelona, from the globally popular Catalonian writer Albert SÃÂ¡nchez PiÃÂ±ol.
Why do the weak fight against the strong? At 98, MartÃÂ ZuvirÃÂa ponders this question as he begins to tell the extraordinary tale of Catalonia and its annexation in 1714. No one knows the truth of the story better, for MartÃÂ was the very villain who betrayed the city he was commended to keep.
The story of Catalonia and Barcelona is also MartÃÂÃ¢â¬â¢s story. A prestigious military engineer in the early 1700s, he fought on both sides of the long War of the Spanish Succession between the Two CrownsÃ¢â¬âFrance and SpainÃ¢â¬âand aided an Allied enemy in resisting the consolidation of those two powers. Politically ambitious yet morally weak, MartÃÂ carefully navigates a sea of Machiavellian intrigue, eventually rising to a position of power that he will use for his own mercenary ends.
A sweeping tale of heroism, treason, war, love, pride, and regret that culminates in the tragic fall of a legendary city, illustrated with battle diagrams, portraits of political figures, and priceless maps of the old city of Barcelona, Victus is a magnificent literary achievement that is sure to be hailed as an instant classic.
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