Preview: Ildefonso Falcones’ La Mano de Fátima

In 2006, Barcelona lawyer Ildefonso Falcones’ first novel, The Cathedral of the Sea, became one of Spain’s all-time bestselling novels, with well over a million copies sold there and four million worldwide. A historical novel set in 14th century Barcelona, The Cathedral of the Sea mixed historical fact and a vividly-rendered love story in such a way that it captivated audiences all across Europe, Latin America, and lately the United States. Winner of several European prizes for fiction, The Cathedral of the Sea has given Falcones a level of popularity in Spanish literary circles that is only exceeded today by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. His second novel, La Mano de Fátima, was released last month with an extremely large 500,000 initial print run in Spain alone. North American release in Spanish is set for August 18, 2009, with an English translation likely to follow in the next year.

Reviewer and critic Larry Nolen, who provided Omnivoracious with a preview of Zafón's The Angel Game last year, returns here with a review of the Spanish-language edition of La Mano de Fátima, available on Amazon by August 18. We'll have more on the novel in late August, including any news on the English-language edition...


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Since religion is such a major part of this book, I wonder where the author stands,is he Christian or "other"?

Posted by: Matthew McNulty | Monday March 28, 2011 at 10:57 AM

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