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AARON SHULMAN discusses his history book THE AGE OF DISENCHANMENTS with KATYA APEKINA

The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain’s Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War (Ecco Press)

Neruda. Dalí. Picasso. Lorca. Eliot. Paz. Bolaño.

All of these lives, and many more, intersected with the lives of the Paneros, Spain’s most compelling and eccentric literary family. Journalist Aaron Shulman, who first learned about the Paneros in 2012 and has been obsessed with them ever since, takes readers into the circumstances surrounding the Spanish Civil War and its legacy through the lives, losses, loves, and of course, literature of Leopoldo Panero, Felicidad Blanc, Leopoldo María Panero, Juan Luis Panero, and Michi Panero.

Weaving cultural history and sweeping, novelistic biography, The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain’s Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War by Aaron Shulman sheds new light on the romance and intellectual ferment of the pre-war era while revealing the enduring devastation of the war and the Franco dictatorship, followed by the country’s vibrant transition to democracy. The family’s collective story has never before been told in English or Spanish. The Age of Disenchantments is the chronicle of a singular family who modeled their lives (and even deaths) on the works of art that most inspired and obsessed them and who, in turn, profoundly affected the culture and society around them.

Aaron Shulman is a journalist whose work has appeared in publications including The Believer, The American Scholar, The New Republic, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Shulman first lived in Spain while studying abroad and moved back in 2010 after falling in love with a Spanish woman. There, he published pieces about Spanish culture, social movements, and the economic crisis. He now lives in Santa Barbara, California with his family.

Photo by Elisa Ortega Montilla

Katya Apekina's novel, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish (Two Dollar Radio, 2018), won the 35 Over 35 Award and was called a Best Book of 2018 by KirkusBuzzFeed, EntropyLitReactor, andLitHub, and one of the Most Anticipated Books of the Fall by New York MagazineHarper's BAZAARBuzzFeedPublishers WeeklyThe MillionsBustleFast Company and others. She also works as a translator, journalist and screenwriter. Born in Moscow, she currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, journalist David Weinberg and their daughter.

Event date: 
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 5:00pm
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1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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ISBN: 9781937512750
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - September 18th, 2018