Editorial: Plaza & Janés
Literary Category: contemporary fiction
When theater director Noelia Cid is commissioned to premiere Sortilegio (Spell), the lost work of renowned play-wright, Gregorio Martínez Sierra, she decides to research it through the documents that had been kept by his wife, María Lejárraga. However, through her research, Noelia not only delves into the complex passionate love between María and Gregorio, but also discovers a mystery that had remained unsolved for more than a century.
She will then be swept away by Maria’s life, brimming with passion, art and feminism; that of a woman who fought against the odds to carry out her work and who lived in the first per-son last century’s great milestones: the literary Madrid of the twenties, the Paris of the Belle Époque, the political struggle of women during the Second Republic, exile after the Spanish Civil War, Nazi occupation of France or Holly-wood’s golden age glamour. We will also discover the more human side of the great personalities that were her friends and collaborators, such as Juan Ramón Jiménez, Manuel de Falla or Federico García Lorca.