Discovering books set in Spain...

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With so many people traveling to Spain to enjoy the beaches of the Costa del Sol or the stunning architecture of Barcelona, it is easy to forget that it was not so long ago that Spain was divided by a bitter civil war, followed by the fascist Franco regime. But when it comes to books set in Spain, the impact of the war and 40 years of Facism often makes an appearance in Spanish fiction.

From Hemingway's For Whom The Bell Tolls, to C.J. Sansom's Winter in Madrid and to the semi chick-lit of Victoria Hislop's The Return, the war and Franco's regime are integral parts of the story. And if you are to understand Spain, then such novels provide vital clues to what the country is today.

If Barcelona is your city of choice, then the incredibly popular The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones are novels worth exploring, and if you want to try some Spanish crime fiction, then follow the exploits of Inspector Jefe Javier Falc√≥n as he  investigates the dark side of Seville.

Spain is a country rich with food, wine and culture, but by dipping into some of the books set in Spain we have selected below, you will be able to look beyond the impact of the recent years of tourism and understand more of the country that lies beneath.

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