Concha Alborg’s memoir is based on the discovery of 800 long-lost letters between her parents during the Spanish Civil War.
This unique book is also a microhistory of the Spanish Civil War at an individual level. Of primary relevance is that Dr. Alborg’s mother lived in Valencia, which in November 1936 become the official capital of the Republican government. There she had an insider’s view of the political and military situation that informed her description of the contrasting burdens of family life in Valencia and the life of her fiancé soldier on the front lines. She is truly an archetype of the women who grew up under the liberal Second Spanish Republic (1931–39), only to be silenced during Franco’s repressive dictatorship (1939-75).