A Light Comedy by Eduardo Mendoza

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In the late 1940s the Civil War is over, and Franco is still very much in charge. Prullas, a once-popular playwright, pursues a crowded life in the stifling city. His producer wants him to persuade their rich patron Vallsigorri that they cannot use the third-rate actress Lili whom the backer has foisted on him. In the course of playing honest broker, however, Prullas starts an affair with Lili. Fate intervenes—Vallsigorri is murdered and Prullas is prime suspect, but as this is a light comedy, the ending is, to some extent, a happy one.

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Eduardo Mendoza was born in 1943 in Barcelona, where he now lives. He spent some years in New York where he worked at the United Nations as an interpreter. After making his literary debut with The Truth About the Savolta Case (rated by El Pa-s one of the three best Spanish works since 1975), he went on to write other novels, including City of Marvels, selected by the Paris review Lire as the best book they had read that year, and The Year of the Flood. His works are translated into many languages.
Published August 1, 2002 by Random House UK. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What Prulla doesn’t know is that Inspector Verdugones is keeping tabs on him because he’s acquainted with several pleasure-loving aristocrats involved in a royalist plot to depose Franco.

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