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The Samurai of Seville


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John J. Healey is a writer, filmmaker, and author. He has directed two documentary films: Federico Garcia Lorca, A Family Portrait for RTVE in Spain, and The Practice of the Wild, about the poet and ecologist Gary Snyder. First published in the Harvard Review, he now writes articles for El Pais in Madrid and for the Huffington Post. His first novel, Emily & Herman was published by Arcade in 2013. He currently splits his time between Spain and the United States.


"The undercurrent of melancholy that permeates the novel does not derive from the author's research but rather from his own life experience. He knows that in every coming and going there is a mixture of expectation and heartbreak, and there will arrive on one side or the other a point and time from which there is no return." Antonio Munoz Molina, author of Separahad

"Healey intertwines with great skill fictional characters with others who were historically important in the first years of the 17th Century, mixing the first Japanese Tokugawa with the Spain reigned by Philip III. ( ) The result of this historical background together with these characters is brilliant. Healey has written an attractive, page-turning novel, with a great fast-paced narrative style." Juan Manuel Suarez, FronteraD

"The stories that intertwine historical facts with adventure (sometimes with crime too) are normally excellent ones. The Samurai of Seville by John J. Healey is a clear example. In 1614, a group of Japanese nobles arrived to Seville to try and put together two cultures that felt very far-away and to drive the Catholic faith and trade into the Far East. Into this group there was the samurai Shiro, who was as popular with his sword as he was with women in the Seville society of the time and with the court of King Philip III who is quite relevant in the novel. Healey narrates with great care the episodes of a story that is also a romantic melodrama. The reminiscence of the traditional society and that of the old Seville, with the nobility, the villains and the passionate dames is very well described and Healey pulls it off. You just want to read it in one sitting thanks to the great rhythm and the emotions, together with the agile plot."
El Pais

"Healey has created a narrative wonder mixing fictional and historical characters deeply immersed in the early years of the 17th Century when Tokugawa Japan joined hands with the Spain of Philip III.... Healey offers an attractive, succinct text told with singular narrative skill. It reads effortlessly. Its immediacy and flow is absolutely cinematic."-Prof. Juan Manuel Suarez Japon (direct descendant of one of the Samurais who went to Spain in 1613)

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