Books against Tyranny
Catalan Publishers under Franco
Author Laura Vilardell examines documents including firsthand witness accounts, correspondence, memoirs, censorship files, newspapers, original interviews, and unpublished material housed in various Spanish archives. As such, Books against Tyranny opens up the field and serves as an informative tool for scholars of Franco's Spain, Catalan social movements, and censorship more generally.
Chapter 1: "If You Are Spanish, Speak Spanish": The Evolution of Ideology in the Francoist Censorship Apparatus
Chapter 2: Publishing Illicit Books during the Onset of the Dictatorship (1939–1959)
Chapter 3: Publishers' Willingness to Publish Books in an Oppressed Language (1960–1975)
Chapter 4: Writers Speak Up about Censorship
"An excellent introduction to the impact of censorship on the Catalan literary field during Franco's regime."
—Jordi Cornellà-Detrell, author of Literature as a Response to Cultural and Political Repression in Franco's Catalonia
"[Books against Tyranny] fills several important voids about the Franco period, including the vetting of published material by the state and the development of Catalonia's publishing industry in the twentieth century."
—Omar Encarnación, author of Democracy without Justice in Spain: The Politics of Forgetting