Nothing succeeds like excess. And no one is more daring than Onofre Bouvila, an eminently corruptible peasant youth who stops at nothing on his way to fabulous wealth and power in Barcelona. A vibrant coastal city in the shadow of Madrid, Barcelona reaches its own heights preparing for two World Fairs: 1888, which marks the beginning of Onofre's vagabond carreer, and 1929, of even greater note at its end.
With a gift of gab and dazzling entrepreneurial genius, Onofre rises from rabble-rouser to the richest magnate in Spain, via baldness cures, burglary, land speculating, diamonds, film production, arms smuggling and international finance. Falling desperately in and out of love three times, he remains a canny pragmatist, subsidizing Lenin's Bolsheviks and drinking champagne with Rasputin at a dinner given for the Tsarina on her visit to Spain. As Onofre conquers Barcelona, a juicy array of characters swarms riotously through the city, among them: a maid whose ferocious cat guards her virginity; an old sailor speaking an unknown tongue; a missionary priest who becomes a whirling dervish; and a patron saint whose statue lectures the mayor on municipal ills.
This trade size paperback is in very good condition with light cover wear.
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