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Ildefonso Falcones’ new novel ‘La reina descalza’ will be on sale the 21st of February

Ildefonso Falcones, the writer from Barcelona who rose to fame thanks to his best-selling debut ‘Cathedral of the Sea’, will publish his third novel on the 21st of February. The book, which will be on sale at the same time in Spain, Latin America and the United States, is about the friendship, passion and revenge between two women from Madrid and Seville in the 18th century, and is a call to freedom.

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25 January 2013 07:10 PM

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ACN / Clara Roig

Barcelona (ACN) - Ildefonso Falcones, a lawyer by profession who became an internationally acclaimed writer in 2006 thanks to his best-selling debut \u2018Cathedral of the Sea\u2019, set in medieval Barcelona, will publish his third novel \u2018La reina descalza\u2019 on the 21st of February. The book, which will be on sale at the same time in Spain, Latin America and the United States, is about the friendship, passion and revenge between two women from Madrid and Seville in the 18th century, and is a call to freedom.


The author rose to fame thanks to his best selling \u2018Cathedral of the Sea\u2019, a historical novel set in medieval Barcelona, his home town. The book sold seven million copies, was published in 40 countries, and led to Falcones\u2019 winning the Italian literary prize Giovanni Boccaccio for best foreign author in 2007 and the Fulbert de Chartres French literary prize in 2009.

Through the construction of the Santa Maria del Mar church, located in the tradesman and fisherman\u2019s neighbourhood of La Ribera, the \u2018Cathedral of the Sea\u2019 portrays the successful life of Arnau, a man who was once a servant boy in the countryside and to whom the city offers the opportunity to become a free citizen.  

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  • Two of Santa Maria del Mar's gargoyles, the church portrayed in Falcones' first book: 'The Cathedral of the Sea' (by E. Rosanas)

  • Two of Santa Maria del Mar's gargoyles, the church portrayed in Falcones' first book: 'The Cathedral of the Sea' (by E. Rosanas)