The 18th century winery house in which Julio Llamazares lived during confinement

J. F. Alonso

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“We arrived in Extremadura on March 13, 2020, fleeing an increasingly ghostly Madrid.” Thus begins’ Extremadura Spring. Apuntes del natural ‘(Alfaguara), the book that Julio Llamazares he wrote during his three months of confinement, from March to June, from that “escape” of March 13, in a rural house of his in-laws located fourteen kilometers from Trujillo (Cáceres), in the Sierra de los Lagares. It is a vacation home that is usually rented by families or groups of friends and that suddenly, in the writer’s eyes, became “a refuge that we thought was safer from what might come.”

A room in El Lagar de los Almendros
A room in El Lagar de los Almendros

“The Lagar de los Almendros – he explains in the book – was part of a

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