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‘They Were Thrown Here Like Dogs’

March 30, 2011
‘They Were Thrown Here Like Dogs’

In 2000, Silva, a journalist, had left his magazine job and began to write a novel about his grandfather. He started interviewing people who knew him. One man, a childhood friend, was the brother of the man who escaped that night. The two set off to find the grave. “In this town, there are...
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Life and Death in ‘an Atmosphere of Terror’

March 29, 2011
Life and Death in ‘an Atmosphere of Terror’

This is the story of his grandfather that Emilio Silva has managed to piece together. Emilio Silva Faba was born in 1894 into a family of farmers in the village of Pareje, in northwest Spain. At 21, he left for the Americas, first Argentina, then New York, then Connecticut. Had fate been kind, he...
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Unearthing the Past

March 28, 2011
Unearthing the Past

These days, it’s hard to find evidence the Spanish Civil War ever happened. Battlefield tours don’t meander through Madrid. Towns that Franco’s forces carpet-bombed have been rebuilt. When Franco died in 1975, he returned the country to the king, who returned it to democracy. With Franco gone, his 40-year dictatorship shamed supporters into silence....
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Teruel Exists

March 24, 2011
Teruel Exists

Cristina and I drove across the plains of Aragon toward Teruel. “Look, it’s Mexico,” she said. The stark, dry plains could have been Mexico, except for the ancient castles standing watch over the landscape, a reminder of the centuries of warfare this Spanish earth had seen.
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Grace Under Pressure

February 28, 2011
Grace Under Pressure

In the ring with Maripaz Vega, Spain’s only woman bullfighter. “The important thing is that you never lose sight of the bull’s face,” Vega says. “Never.”
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Bullfights and Heretics

February 26, 2011
Bullfights and Heretics

Is bullfighting a tradition Spain should live without? A talk with one of the country’s leading opponents of its most famous – and bloodiest – tradition.
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