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This is the Hour is Lion Feuchtwanger's thirteenth work of fiction. It is a rich tapestry of a book set in the city of Madrid and the country roundabout, and covering, roughly, the period 1793-1802- from the fall of Toulon to the Treaty of Amiens, both of which are mentioned. It is an historical novel if ever there was one; few major historical novels have ever been so largely concerned with real events and real people.
Goya was born at Fuendetodos, in the province of Saragossa, on March 30, 1746. He died at Bordeaux, France, on april 16, 1828. Goya's full name was Francisco de Paula Jose Goya y Lucientes.
This book was a selection by the Heritage Club Sandglass. Every month for its members the Heritage Press would publish an illustrated, hard cover edition of a title from Classic Literature. The printing was limited to 1500 copies. This book has a copyright date of 1951.
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This is the Hour is in pristine condition, clean white pages, tight binding. Hardcover is green, illustrated with the city of Madrid and its people.