Niños feroces / Fierce Children
Novel , 2011
Lázaro, an aspiring young writer, can’t find a story to tell. So his tutor gives him Jorge's; Jorge was a youth from Madrid who, like him, enlisted in the Blue Division on July 13th 1941, 70 years before. An eventful journey led him to the battle of Krasny Bor, on the Russian Front, and later, in 1945, to defend Berlin wearing the uniform of an SS officer. Accompanied by his readings of Walter Benjamin, Jorge Semprún, Günter Grass and Sebastian Haffner, Lázaro writes a resonant story while all around him Spain's 'indignados' movement is going on, with thousands camped out in Madrid's Puerta del Sol.
Fierce Children is a story about young people who bear arms while their leaders, the ones who unleash the wars, keep themselves safe, removed from the real conflict of battlefields.