The Providential Origins of Maximiliano Rubin
Inspired by real events, this literary historical fiction novel explores the clash of art, science and religion in 1886 Madrid and comes from one of our best new historical fiction storytellers. Les mer
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Inspired by real events, this literary historical fiction novel explores the clash of art, science and religion in 1886 Madrid and comes from one of our best new historical fiction storytellers.
Abandoned by his lover, savaged by the critics and hounded by the taxman, Spain's foremost realist writer Benito Galdos perches perilously on the window ledge of his third-floor apartment. Half a mile away, renowned alienist Luis Simarro prepares his attempt to replicate a ground-breaking experimental laboratory technique. In another corner of the city, Father Cayetano, an insane assassin priest, prepares for a showdown with the bishop.
In a society scarred by three civil wars in fifty years, and where children are born bearing grudges, any distraction which prolongs the fragile peace is welcome. As the country looks on, the trio of Benito, Luis and Cayetano are ineluctably drawn together to contest the source of madness and the existence of free-will. As their lives and ambitions collide, Benito and Luis come to learn that Cayetano is both more and less than he seems.
This is a novel set in Madrid in 1886 featuring fictionalised versions of Benito Gerez Galdos who was considered
by contempraries as the most important Spanish writer after Cervantes and Luis Simarro a reknowned alienist (psychiatrist)
whose contribtion to Ramon Cajal's Nobel prize for science is widely acknowledged.
Readers of literary-historical-fiction with a biographical bent may especially enjoy this novel e.g. those who enjoyed Julian Barnes' Arthur & George, or Robt Harris' An Officer and a Spy and readers who enjoyed the period & intrigue of Caleb Carr's The Alienist or Graeme Macrae Burnet's His Bloody Project.