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A universal figure

· The novel ·

“Great difficulties are the salt of life; it is necessary to fight for what one believes in”. In these words the Spanish writer Jesús Sánchez Adalid (a judge who became a priest) presents his latest novel, Y de repente, Teresa (Ediciones B, 2014). At the centre of the Spanish Inquisition in the 16th century, “a difficult period, he explains, “in which no one was free from suspicion. Teresa suffered the punishments characteristic of her time and, with God’s help, went ahead, bequeathing to us an opus that cannot be disregarded. Much has been written about the Spanish Inquisition: almost always, however, with fantasy, enveloping it in common approaches that recur in spite of their flimsy foundations. In the novel I seek to present a real and credible account in which, passionately, little by little the enigmas, methods, internal laws and procedures of the Inquisition are discovered, all within the celebrated secrecy to which the inquisitors were bound. In the midst of all this a woman strove to unite the present and the eternal; to separate truth from appearances and to live a genuine faith and a pure spirituality. Teresa, the greatest and most universal figure in 16th-century Spain, who, despite her fine intuition, her masterful writing and her proven virtue, was tormented by the inquisitors. This is something that was concealed during the centuries that followed which today must be brought to light”. (@GiuliGaleotti)

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