Collection: Adult fiction, num. 2
Objective public: General
Size: 13 x 21 cm
Manu Uriarte deals in antique books and has a shop in one of the streets in the heart of the Old City of Barcelona. An old friend, now a politician whom he has not seen for years, asks him to find a copy of a book called “The Legacy of Philistines”, which some stranger has asked him to obtain as a matter of urgency. While Manu is searching for the book in Barcelona and Tarragona, the politician is involved in a scandal. In a far-away corner of the Tindouf desert a murder is committed and a Saharan teacher tells the children in her class the story of a young Philistine who, three thousand years ago, had to leave his home in Gaza to undertake a long journey through the desert in a flight that has echoes of The Thousand and One Nights. The legacy of the Philistines starts to claim victims, but only a handful of people know where this legacy is and what it means. Manu Uriarte will try to find out, moving through a series of different settings, with fast-paced action and intrigue and betrayal at almost every step.
Margarita Aritzeta (Valls, 1956) completed her teacher training studies in Tarragona and obtained degrees in Modern and Contemporary History and Catalan Philology at the University of Barcelona, where she also obtained a doctorate with a thesis on the poet and critic Josep Lleonart. Among the literary prizes she has received are the 1980 Víctor Català Prize for fiction and the 1983 Sant Joan Prize for the Novel. Since then she has published numerous novels, notable amongst which are L’herència de Cuba (The Legacy of Cuba, Columna, 1997) in which she tells the story of her grandparents who emigrated to Cuba in the 1920s, El verí (The Poison, Cossetània, 2002) and Perfils de Nora (Profiles of Nora, Proa, 2003). She is presently lecturing in Theory of Literature at the Rovira i Virgili University, where she also teaches Literary Techniques Applied to Journalism.
PRESS «The reader will find intrigue, surprises, action, exoticism and entertainment in this book. […] Evidently there are also ideas that give consistency to the narrative canvas. Perhaps the most significant among them is the vindication of origins as a factor in affirming the present and looking towards the future.» (Joan Josep Isern, Avui, 11.09.03)