The Spaniard Author:Bernard Clavel The Spaniard concerns Pablo Sanchez's struggle to accept his own past. He has escaped from a Spanish detention camp at the close of the Spanish Civil War and found a job as a labourer in a vineyard in Southern France. He is also escaping from painful memories: his wife's death, the destruction of his home, the Civil War itself. His attempt to... more » detach himself from his own past has the effect of binding him closer to it and leaves him incapable of engaging more than his muscles in his life in the French vineyard.
Clavel focuses on the conflict between past and present within Pablo's consciousness. The Second World War, the German occupation of France, the petty anxieties of local officaldom, the urge to participate in the war and the urge to escape from the war are seen in their French provincial setting through Pablo's eyes.« less