A Death in Zamora
Sender Barayón, Ramón
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Ramón Sender Barayón was born in Madrid during Red October in 1934 as the Spanish Civil War was unfolding. During the next year his father fought briefly with the Republican army against Franco's Falangists and his mother returned to her home in Zamora.
In 1936, his father left Spain with him and his sister, Adriana, and after periods in France and Switzerland, in 1939 his father booked tickets to New York on the USS Manhattan. In the United States, his father left him and his sister with foster parents.
The question Ramon asked was: What happened with my mother? His father refused to give him any information. Following his father's death in 1982, he returned to Spain to find the answer.
This is a gripping, wonderful, and profound story. It takes us through the Spanish Civil War. We meet Ramon’s family. We meet people who lived through the war. And Ramon finds the answer.
In a brief paragraph introducing the book, he wrote, “This pilgrimage, also one of self-discovery, has brought me to where I now address all beings, starting with myself, with kind regard and compassion.”