An international bestseller number 1 that recalls the works of Roberto Bolaño, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Edward Rutherforda, a historical epic, set in early eighteenth-century Spain, about a military genius whose betrayal leads to the conquest of Barcelona, the popular Catalan writer Albert Sánchez Piñol.
Why do the weak fight the strong?
At the age of 98, Martí Zuviría reflects on this question as he begins to tell the extraordinary history of Catalonia and its annexation in 1714.
No one knows the truth of the story better, for Martí was the same villain who betrayed the city he had been entrusted to preserve.
The history of Catalonia and Barcelona is also the history of Mart.
A prestigious military engineer in the early 18th century, he fought on both sides of the long Spanish War of Succession between the two Crowns, France and Spain, and helped an allied enemy resist the consolidation of those two powers.
Politically ambitious but morally weak, Martí navigates carefully through a sea of Machiavellian intrigues, finally reaching a position of power that he will use for his own mercenary ends.
An overwhelming story of heroism, betrayal, war, love, pride and repentance culminating in the tragic fall of a legendary city, illustrated with battle diagrams, portraits of political figures and invaluable maps of the old city of Barcelona, Victus is a magnificent literary achievement that will surely be hailed as an instant classic.