The most recent novel of Arturo P©rez-Reverte calls Falco, name of its protagonist, spy to the orders of the incited to rebellion side to which it is entrusted to him to introduce itself in republican territory during the Civil War to lead a mission: to release to Jos© Antonio Primo de Rivera of the jail of Alicante, where is captive. A recommendable work in which, as usual, the academic writer and deals with history with the objective and realistic glance forged with years journalism and reporterismo, at the same time as one leans in her to brhelp an exciting story with truthful and fictitious facts.
As it could not be of another form due to his plot, Alicante and its surroundings have an outstanding paper, to which the writer dedicates good part of the book next to Cartagena in which he denominates Spanish republican Levante. We review some of the scenes by which the plot passes, some still existing in the capital of the Costa Blanca and its environs, other or disappeared or slightly perceivable ones
The Sandy grounds
As the beach of the Sandy ground makes Arturo P©rez-Reverte reference to the place where, according to the plans, it must disembark the support to help to Falco and his companions in the mission. It identifies it as a place to nine kilometres of Alicante, to the north of the end of Santa Pola. The Sandy ground, is called. There is an extensive guinea fowl in a depression and a beach with dunes. The pines arrive almost until the border of the sea and at which it is arrived by a dirt road that leaves the highway of Cartagena and enters the pine. By the description and location, all it makes think that some point near more the south is the beach of Sandy grounds or.
Provincial jail of Alicante
The provincial jail of Alicante was a massive construction of several whitewashed bodies and walls. It had three floors in his front part. A high wall with sentry boxes surrounded it behind, and to both sides of the facade there were some jardincillos prot©g©s by iron iron doors. It was to the outskirts, surrounded of trees, in the starting of the highway of Oca±a. It makes reference, doubtless, to during many years well-known by of the Alicante ones as prison of Jos© Antonio, land on which nowadays the courts rise and located in the district of Benalºa, and that nowadays is more near the center than of the suburbs of the city.
The most emblematic stroll of the capital of Alicante has, as it could not be of another form, an outstanding place in the novel Falco. There water of barley or small bottles of beer locates the author to its characters drinking in the terrace of a located Italian ice-cream shop next to the branch of already disappeared American Hispanic Bank.
The old station of Murcia
Nowadays reconverted at home Mediterranean, he is another one of the landscapes described by Perez-Reverte. The located deposits of Campsa in front of them are, next to the port, one of the strategic places for the mission that they must take to Falc³ end and its companions.
The aerodrome of the Altet
At the moment airport of international traffic and quarter of the Peninsula by number of passengers, began being a small aerodrome to give service to the airplanes of the Aeropostale, that in 1931 happened to comprise than today it is known as Air France. It is another point of special importance for the development of the plot.
Located in one of the two corners that the Boulevard when being with the Esplanade forms, it was demolished for so as it is indicated in Alive Alicante to be constructed the Carlton Hotel.
Newspaper of Alicante and the Fighter
Perez-Reverte portrays the atmosphere of the time allowing to the reader to travel easily to the past from their pages, describing identifiable costumbrist scenes to does not too many years (the port when land to the sea next to the Esplanade had still not gained, shiner, salesmen of fish). As journalist could not both lack the mention to great newspapers of Alicante during the fight: Newspaper of Alicante and the Fighter.
Castillo of Santa Barbara
The Benacantil and the basic fortification that the crown appear of explicit way or in many of the descriptions that the academic one offers.