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The Sun Over Breda

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The Captain Alatriste series goes from strength to strength. It is gaining fans throughout the trade. The film, starring Viggo Mortensen, broke all box office records for first-week takings when it was released in Spain. It also premiered at the Venice and Toronto festivals. Alatriste novels have now sold 5 million copies in Spanish language alone. Sales in the UK are building, with over 30,000 of the paperback of Captain Alatriste sold so far. 'In his hard-boiled, mordantly funny, unapologetically entertaining Captain Alatriste series, Perez-Reverte firmly buckles his swash and swaggers into the muddy, bloody streets of 17th Century Madrid' Time 'This is fiction that can be enjoyed on several levels: as a poignant evocation of doomed imperial splendour; as a clever literary game; as a parable about racism past and present; or as a simple tale of swashbuckling derring-do' Sunday Times

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Arturo Perez Reverte lives near Madrid. Originally a war correspondent, he now writes fiction full time. In 2003 he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy. His website can be visited at


"this is rigorous historical writing garnished with a fine sardonic humour" -- Max Porter DAILY TELEGRAPH

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