Enterrar a los muertos

Seix Barral, 2005


(Brazil, Record); (Germany, Hoffmann und Campe); (Italy, Guanda); (Portugal, Teorema); (UK, Parthian Books); (Switzerland –French rights: Markus Haller Éditions)


-Starred review (Best Book Of The Week) in El País literary supplement and in the monthly Qué Leer.

-Winner of the Dulce Chacón Prize 2006 for Spanish Narrative

-The International Rodofo Walsh Prize por Non-Fiction


«A wonderful book.» Paul Preston

«A very interesting book that raises not just political issues but also ethical and moral ones.» Juan Marsé

«Should be obligatory reading.» Rosa Montero

«A compelling account (…) in the mould of George Orwell» Eric Tortolano, Tribune Magazine

«Martínez de Pisón relates the tale with true page-turning verve» Amanda Hopkinson, The Independent

«History written with singular clarity by a fine writer.» Bernardo Atxaga

«An extremely well-written book of narrative non-fiction, true to facts, that proves to be a page-turner from page one.» Rosa Mora, El País

«…an excellent book, well constructed, honest and gifted with a profoundly human viewpoint (…) a vital lesson in history and an exemplary narrative.» José María Pozuelo Yvancos, ABC

«…these pages present a forceful and fascinating narrative…» R. Núñez, El Mundo

«…journalistic objectivity, detective-like techniques and a good narrative rhythm…» J.C. Rodríguez, La Razón


(To Bury the Dead) José Robles Pazos and John Dos Passos met in the winter of 1916 in Spain, and their friendship grew steadily stronger until Robles’ death in 1937. Professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and translator of Manhattan Transfer, Robles and his family were on holidays in Spain in July 1936, when the Civil War broke out. Dos Passos arrived in Valencia in April 1937 to work with Hemingway on the script for the propaganda film The Spanish Earth. He soon got to know Robles had been charged with espionage and high treason and most probably executed by his own comrades. Dos Passos’ intention to denounce the incipient Communist repression on the Republican side brought him into conflict with Hemingway. Their long and close friendship ended and the disagreement dragged on in the acrimonious debate that would be reflected in later novels by both writers. The murder of José Robles became a cause célèbre at the time, and has been referred to, often erroneously, by many leading Civil War historians.

To Bury the Dead is a fascinating quest for the truth that led the author to shed new light on the case.

(Spain, Seix Barral / Club, Bertelsmann / Pocket, Booket)