When author Pablo Martín Sánchez decides to search himself on the internet, he discovers that he shares his name with an anarchist who, in November 1924, was part of an attempt to overthrow Spanish dictator Miguel Primo de Rivera. Intrigued, Martín Sánchez sets out to learn more about the life of the man who shares his namesake. What he uncovers is the fascinating account of an unintentional revolutionary, swept up in a campaign he isn’t sure he believes in—one that leads, ultimately, to a tragic fate.
The Anarchist Who Shared My Name is an elegantly written exploration of a dark time in Spanish history, blending key elements of historical fact with richly imaginative fiction as Martín Sánchez reconstructs the occurrences that led his protagonist to his untimely outcome. Through references to figures such as Miguel de Unamuno and Victor Blasco Ibañez, and landmark events such as the sinking of the Titanic and the Battle of Verdun, Martín Sánchez takes us on an odyssey through the anarchist’s childhood and exile from Spain, to his life as a typesetter in Paris and his eventual involvement in revolt against a tyrannical government.