The Anarchist Who Shared My Name


ByPablo Martín Sánchez
Translated by Jeffrey Diteman

The thrilling English-language debut from the first Spanish member of the Oulipo, a riveting historical novel exploring the tumultuous life of an anarchist in 1920s Spain.

Publication Date: December 4, 2018

Paperback: 9781941920718
Ebook: 9781941920725



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.

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One of EuropeNow Journal’s Best Translations of 2018

“It reads faster than you’d expect, and has the same compelling sort of plot-driven narrative as a great Dickens novel. Also, there are anarchists and revolution and when are those things not fun to read about? All historical names and contexts are explained in non-pedantic ways that give the average reader all the necessary information re: Spain pre-World War II.” – Chad Post, Three Percent

“Martín Sánchez gives a good picture of the Spanish-émigré scene in Paris and the revolutionary ambitions — including the role of Blasco Ibáñez — as well as the anarchist scene of the early twentieth century more generally… an impressive picture of the Spain (and the exiled-Spaniards) situation of those years.” – The Complete Review

“The novel is so skillfully written and constructed that it kept me turning its pages with eager fascination.” – William Manus, Lively Arts

“A fascinating immersion into historical documentation and imagined history.” – Tobias Carroll, Words Without Borders