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Ghosts of the Spanish civil war: Breaking the silence: filmmakers, a novelist and historian on the recent Spanish past.

Ghosts of the Spanish civil war: Breaking the silence: filmmakers, a novelist and historian on the recent Spanish past.

FromArts & Ideas


Ghosts of the Spanish civil war: Breaking the silence: filmmakers, a novelist and historian on the recent Spanish past.

FromArts & Ideas

ratings:
Length:
45 minutes
Released:
May 19, 2021
Format:
Podcast Episode

Description

A ghostly Franco visits an elderly man in the latest novel by Patrick McGrath. He joins historian Duncan Wheeler and the makers of a prize winning documentary Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, as Rana Mitter's guests for a discussion of the Spanish Civil War, the ghosts and silences that remain and how history is now being written.

The Silence of Others, backed by Pedro Almodóvar and directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar has been screened at festivals across the world and has picked up many prizes. https://thesilenceofothers.com/

Duncan Wheeler is Chair of Spanish Studies at the University of Leeds and has published Following Franco: Spanish Culture and Politics in Transition.

Patrick McGrath is the author of novels including Spider which was filmed by David Cronenburg, Asylum which was adapted by Patrick Marber and short stories collected under the title Writing Madness. His new novel depicting Francis McNulty, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War, has the title Last Days in Cleaver Square.

Producer: Ruth Watts

On the Free Thinking website you can find past episodes with Rana Mitter discussing history and Pakistan, War in fact and fiction from World War I to African conflicts; What does a black history curriculum look like? and Deep Time and Human History. All episodes are available to download as Arts & Ideas podcasts.
New Generation Thinker Anindya Raychaudhuri's postcard about aerial bombardment and the Spanish Civil War is on BBC Sounds https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p046wn7w

Image: Valley of the Fallen from above which shows the Benedictine Abbey, near Madrid, Spain
Credit: BBC/Craig Hastings
Released:
May 19, 2021
Format:
Podcast Episode