Valencia, España, 1967

Santiago Posteguillo studied Creative Literature in the USA, and Linguistics and Translation in England. His novels have been praised by more than a million and a half readers in Spain and Latin-America, and very favourably reviewed by the critics. He has obtained several awards, among them the Premio de las Letras awarded by the Generalitat Valenciana and the Premio Internacional de Novela Histórica Barcino for the entirety of his work. Santiago Posteguillo combines his writing - and the historical research on which it is based - with his work as a tenured professor in English Language and Literature at the Jaume I University in Castellón. He lives in Puçol, near Valencia.

  • "Posteguillo is the centurion of historical novels." Qué Leer
  • "Santiago Posteguillo has become the Spanish writer who best addresses the Roman Empire." El Mundo 

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Many are the terrible circumstances under which books are written. Sometimes their gestation is surrounded by personal dramas, and sometimes they’re persecuted by experts in creating the perfect hells for creators. The KGB, the Un-American Activities Committee, fascist dictators, the Holy Inquisition… The purpose of all of these was to silence anyone who annoyed the powers that be due to their religion, origin, sexual orientation, language, or by simply wanting to express themselves freely...

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Novel

 “A monumental novel, very exciting. Impossible to abandon such enjoyable reading.” (El País) 

The novel is an authentic spectacle, unremitting for the reader, rocked by adrenaline-fuelled action.” (La Vanguardia)

 

The third volume in the trilogy is La legión perdida (The Lost Legion). On its pages, the reader witnesses Rome’s most ambitious military campaign, the conquest of the East. This conflict involves four empires, and turns Trajan into something more than an emperor: he becomes a legend of the stature of Alexander the Great.

This long-awaited conclusion to the trilogy masterfully wraps up every story of love, betrayal and intrigue. We discover whether the gladiator Marcius and his family finally achieve their desire of living in freedom. We witness the inevitable betrayal of Hadrian, the emperor’s future successor. And we contemplate the final work of art by Apollodorus, Trajan’s architect, who builds the celebrated column that will illustrate his escapades for eternity, among many other stories that have delighted hundreds of thousands of readers.

 

In the year 53 B.C., Consul Crassus crossed the Euphrates to conquer the East, but his army was destroyed in Carrhae. An entire legion was taken prisoner by the Parthians. No one knows for certain what happened to that lost legion.

It is now 150 years later, and Trajan is about to cross the Euphrates. The Parthians await on the other side. Caesar’s troops hesitate, fearing the same fate as the lost legion. But Trajan is not afraid, and undertakes Rome’s greatest military campaign, to victory or disaster.

 

Intrigue, battles, two adolescent girls, strange languages, Rome, Parthia, India, China, two Caesars and an empress all come together in the greatest epic story of the ancient world.

 

This is a story of Emperor Trajan and his government, wars and betrayals, incorruptible loyalties, chariot races, and impossible love stories. There’s a vestal virgin, a trial, encrypted messages, secret codes, pitched battles, endless sieges, gladiators, and three chariot races. There are forgotten ancient laws, human sacrifices, bitterness and terror, but also flashes of nobility and hope, such as Vesta’s flame, which protects Rome as it burns . But there are nights when the flame in the Temple of Vesta flickers. That’s when the wheel of Fortune starts to spin. At those times, anything can happen. Trajan himself is in mortal danger, although he doesn’t know it.

With his previous trilogy, focusing on Scipio the African and Hannibal, Santiago Posteguillo sold over half a million copies in Spain. This one is well on its way to surpassing those figures.

The morning of the eighteenth of September in 96 A.D. was the date chosen by a group of conspirators to murder Emperor Domitian in Rome. Meanwhile, in the northern frontier, three senators posed a difficult question to Traianus, governor of Germania: “If something ever happened to Emperor Domitian, what would you do?” Traianus frowned and remained silent. In the meantime, in Rome, everything has been arranged to kill the Emperor. Due to the praetorian guard’s defence and the Emperor’s own resistance, the plotter’s intrigue seems to be on the point of ending in utter failure, the novel rapidly flashes thirty three years back into the past.

Readers are then introduced into the Civil Wars that began in the final year of Nero’s rule, the construction of the Colosseum, the earthquake in Pompeya, the succession of Vespasian by Titus, Domitian’s revolt against his brother, and the final access to power by Domitian.

La traición de Roma (third volume of Posteguillo’s trilogy) is the story of Scipio’s son, who battles to be on par with his father, whom the Romans consider almost a God. But it’s also the story of Cornelia, a young woman who is the younger daughter of the conqueror of Hispania, who clashes with her distant father who is incapable of understanding the longing for freedom of an adolescent girl who is as intelligent as she is rebellious. The story of Marcus Portius Cato and his unlimited political persecution of the Scipios, and of Graco, his ally, inheritor of the power of the Sempronia family. It is also the story of Netikerty, a mother terrified by the war in Ancient Egypt; the story of Areté, a Greek prostitute too beautiful to pass unnoticed; the story of king Antioch III of Syria, blinded by the unlimited ambitions of his generals; the story of Leilo, always willing to stand beside his great friend Scipio, even beyond reason, or the story of Emilia Tertia, who doesn’t lose her dignity until the end, in midst of the greatest public and private disasters. With his usual electrifying prose, Posteguillo once more takes us to Ancient Rome and turns us into privileged witnesses of the decline of such an intense and unbounded life: the end of Publius Cornelius Scipio’s epic and of his world, in the incomparable framework of a Rome which emerges victorious over history, uncaring of the fact that in its unstoppable ascent it lays waste to all and sundry, including its heroes.

Publio Cornelio Escipión, quien luego sería conocido por el sobrenombre de Africanus, se vio obligado por el senador todopoderoso Quinto Fabio Máximo, detractor de la familia de los Escipiones desde tiempo atrás, a aceptar la demencial tarea de liderar las legiones V y VI que permanecían desde hacía tiempo olvidadas en Sicilia. Éstas eran unas legiones malditas que habían perdido el sentido del deber, la disciplina y toda esperanza de regreso a su patria. Con esta maniobra, Quinto Fabio Máximo creía abocar al último Escipión de la estirpe a una muerte segura. Lo que Fabio Máximo no podía prever es que el joven Escipión y sus legiones malditas estaban llamados a cambiar el curso de la historia.

A finales del siglo III antes de Cristo, Roma se encontraba a punto de ser aniquilada por los ejércitos cartagineses al mando de Aníbal. Ese era su inexorable destino hasta que surgió un solo hombre, un joven oficial de las legiones, que transformó lo que debía ocurrir en lo que finalmente fue: la génesis de un imperio y una civilización secular en el tiempo y en la historia del mundo.

Non-fiction

A journey through the hidden history of world literature

Many are the terrible circumstances under which books are written. Sometimes their gestation is surrounded by personal dramas, and sometimes they’re persecuted by experts in creating the perfect hells for creators. The KGB, the Un-American Activities Committee, fascist dictators, the Holy Inquisition… The purpose of all of these was to silence anyone who annoyed the powers that be due to their religion, origin, sexual orientation, language, or by simply wanting to express themselves freely.

Through thirty stories, this book shows some of those hells and how great writers from all time periods managed to overcome them. By doing so, we see how they left some of the best works in world literature behind for posterity. From ancient times to the 21st century, from Europe to China, not to mention the United States, Latin America and Africa, we revisit stories by writers such as Horace, Rudyard Kipling, Saki, Pearl S. Buck, Carson McCullers, and Gabriel García Márquez.

The history of world literature can be fun and exciting.

A mainstream book about literature.

A delicious journey along the lines of La noche en que Frankenstein leyó el Quijote, covering some of the most curious and controversial enigmas in the history of world literature.

What led Pushkin to fight a duel to the death? Did you know that Virgil wanted to burn all of the verses in the Aeneid before anyone read it? And that Isaac Asimov was terrified of flying, and only did so twice in his life? Did you know that Pessoa had trouble finding a publisher, and that The Divine Comedy almost didn't get published? 

A host of true, documented stories showing the amazing intrahistory of many of the greatest books of all time.

Did you know that Harry Potter owes his success to an eight-year-old girl? Or that the followers of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes forced the author to bring their hero back to life? Or that the Gestapo tried to prevent the publication of Kafka’s works at all costs? 

In a series of short, chronologically structured stories, Santiago Posteguillo takes us on a charming tour of the most emblematic works in world literature, providing answers to some of the most famous and controversial literary enigmas in history. 

Prizes

  • European Doctorate from the University of Valencia
  • 2008, Runner-up in the Premio Internacional de Novela Histórica Ciudad de Zaragoza for Las legiones malditas
  • 2009, Premio Mejor Novelista Histórico Hislibris
  • 2009, Premio Mejor Novela Histórica Hislibris for La traición de Roma
  • 2010, Premio de las Letras Valencianas 2010
  • 2010, Premio de la Novela Historica from Cartagena for the Trilogía de Escipión
  • 2011, Short-listed for Premios de la Critica Valenciana for Los asesinos del emperador
  • 2012, Premio de las Letras “Continuará”
  • 2014, Premio Internacional de Novela Histórica Barcino for the entirety of his work
  • 2015, Finalist in the Premios de la Crítica Valenciana for La sangre de los libros