EL GRAN BARÍTON
Based on the true story of the “Cañón Catalán”, the great baritone of Sant Andreu who triumphed in Spain and America singing zarzuelas. A story of adventure, espionage and revolution between Barcelona and Latin America in the fifties.
Joan Gual, who is part of the Quinta del Biberón (baby bottle generation), has very clear that he does not want to die in a ridiculous war and decides to desert. Here begins the adventure of a man who from a very young age wants to pursue his dream and exploits his talent, a unique voice that, after the war, leads him to become a world-famous baritone. But when he is on tour in Latin America, he is unexpectedly involved in a espionage and counter-espionage plot that will put him to the test, also in love affairs. Surrounded by guerrillas, mobsters, extravagant folklore singers, exiled Nazis, leftist that have escaped from Franco’s dictatorship and personalities such as Kubala, Pau Casals or General Castro himself, Joan Gual will be forced to overcome himself and overcome luck to become a brave and right man.
With an exciting narrative pace, the novel takes the reader on a journey through Latin America and gives him all the tools to understand the past and social movements that are now history. Xavier Gual narrates the fictional life of his grandfather, the great Catalan baritone who made a fortune as a zarzuela singer and whose nickname was “el Cañón Catalán”.