Editorial: Ediciones B
Literary Category: historical fiction
Synopsis: This novel is one of the most moving love stories ever written. An impossible and secret passion, fed for years through letters and wonderful poems, which will stay forever in the readers' soul.
Nieves Herrero reveals for the first time the true life of Pilar de Valderrama, the muse of Antonio Machado, a woman who, in the twilight of her days, had the courage to confess to the world that she was the Guiomar that some of the the poet's most beautiful verses speak of. A member of Madrid's high society, married and with three children, she risked everything for the love of the only man who understood her.
Through the testimony and unpublished documentation provided by the granddaughter of Guiomar, the author reconstructs this fascinating story, while leading us through some key years of our recent history, culminating in the death of Machado in Collioure in 1939. In his pocket was found one last verse: "Those blue days and that childhood sun." Did he die thinking of Pilar, the real woman, always dressed in blue, hidden behind the Guiomar of the poems? The answer is in these pages.