In the summer of 1975, Spain’s 82-year-old leader Francisco Franco is fading fast. Spain’s underground radical groups are determined to tarnish El Caudillo’s legacy and, if possible, alter the direction of Spain’s future.

While it’s hardly the sort of situation in which you’d expect Japanese to get involved, this novel by prolific author Osaka Go (nom de plume of Hiromasa Naka, age 66) has deservedly won three literary prizes.

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