Eva García Sáenz de Urturi - "De stilte van de witte stad"


I have just finished reading Eva García Sáenz de Urturi's "El silencio de la ciudad blanca" ("De stilte van de witte stad") in a Dutch translation by Elvira Veenings. It is the first novel of the La Ciudad Blanca trilogy. I have travelled the length and breadth of Spain, but I have never been to Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital city of the Basque Country. I must remedy this omission in the future, because judging by this novel it is a beautiful and interesting place. The city forms the background for a story about a series of gruesome killings, which are investigated by a detective who is battling his own personal demons. "El silencio de la ciudad blanca" is a compelling and satisfying novel, which interestingly now and again throws light on the mythology and legends of the Basque country and the sights and sounds of its capital Vitoria-Gasteiz. It was adapted into a Netflix film which is well worth watching.

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31 Jan 2021

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