Through the pages of "El último romántico" by Carolina Molina, we will relive transcendental historical events, such as the coronation of José Zorrilla as the National Poet at the Palace of Carlos V,
the celebration of the Centennial of the Discovery of America in 1892, and the creation of the Gran Vía of Granada. We will also witness the loss of Valle-Inclán's arm in Madrid and visit the home of Benito Pérez Galdós, amidst the sound of organ-rings and the aroma of churros from the colloquial festivals.
Granada, 1890. The Alhambra has just suffered its worst fire. Stifling its flames, Max Cid falls wounded, allowing his detractors to take advantage and incriminate him as the author of the disaster. His daughter, Carmela, arrives to Madrid to ask for help from the well-known novelist Benito Pérez Galdós, with whom she would have a great friendship. Max Cid is already a recognized journalist from Granada who criticizes the destruction of the historical heritage of his city and for that reason has stirred great enmities among politicians and businessmen who think that Granada should be modernized in exchange for destroying its old monuments. Carolina Molina, author of Guardianes de la Alhambra (Guardians of the Alhambra) and Noches en Bib-Rambla (Nights at Bib-Rambla) with which the saga of this family began, manages to recover the essence of the old novels of the nineteenth century with El último romántico (The Last Romantic). With a very rich prose and great sensitivity in which there is no lack of humor and reflection, the author takes us into the social environment surrounding the crisis of '98, so similar to the current one. In these pages, the reader will find Benito Pérez Galdós, Juan Valera, José de Zorrilla, Valle-Inclán, and Emilia Pardo Bazán along with an impeccable reconstruction of the era. El último romántico is aimed at a demanding audience capable of enjoying a deep and character-centric story. An essential novel, worth recommending and re-reading as there will always be something new to learn from it. Carolina Molina (Madrid, 1963) holds a degree in Journalism from the Faculty of Information Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid. She has collaborated in various mediums, written and digital press in Granada and Madrid, such as El legado andalusí magazine, Garnata, El Boletín del Centro Artístico y Literario de Granada (the Bulletin of the Artistic and Literary Center of Granada), Entreríos, and the National Geographic magazine.
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