Books: Hispanic Odysseus


by DOUGLAS DAY 245 pages. Atheneum. $8.95.

After a 34-year exile in France, Sebastián Resales illegally re-enters the Spain of 1973. A veteran of the losing side in the Spanish Civil War, Resales must dodge Franco's police if he hopes to reach his native village to the south, in Andalusia. He has little money and no nostalgia for the scenes of past battles. All Resales possesses is macho dignity and the bitter sense that "he had been robbed of 37 years of his life—his life in the Alpujarras—by some stupid idea, some cause. What a stupidity."

In his first novel,...

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