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Miguel Delibes was born in Valladolid, Spain in 1920. His more than fifty books have been translated into sixteen languages. In 1973 he became a member of the Royal Academy, and in 1999 The Heretic won the Premio Nacional de Narrative, Spainís premier literary prize.

Translated from the Spanish by Alfred McAdams.

The Heretic

Miguel Delibes
Translated by Alfred MacAdam

At the very moment that Martin Luther nails his ninety-five theses to a church door and launches the movement that will divide the Roman Catholic Church, a child is born, his fate marked by the political and religious upheaval taking root in Europe. Cipriano Salcedo grows up to become a prosperous merchant and joins the Reformation movement, which is secretly advancing on the Iberian peninsula. But before long, the Spanish Inquisition will drive the Reformers to put their lives at stake. Delibes paints a masterful portrait of the time of Spain’s Charles V and the social and intellectual atmosphere of Europe at one of history’s most pivotal moments. An ode to tolerance and the liberty of conscience, The Heretic is a gripping tale and a vivid portrait of the tumult that would split the Catholic Church in two and completely refashion the western world.