Benito Pérez Galdós
Trafalgar (1873) is a novel by Benito Pérez Galdós. Published toward the beginning of Pérez Galdós’ career, Trafalgar is the first in of 46 historical novels in the author’s monumental, career spanning series of National Episodes. Set during the bloody naval battle of Trafalgar in 1805, Pérez Galdós’ novel is a story of heroism, growth, and adventure that manages to find humanity in history. “Always eager to mimic the greater world around us, we boys too had our squadrons of little ships, roughly hewn in wood, with sails of paper or of rag, which we navigated with the greatest deliberation and gravity in the pools of Puntales or La Caleta.” At fourteen, the young orphan Gabriel de Araceli gets the chance to leave boyhood games behind when his master, a retired naval officer, receives a letter requesting his return to service. Together, Gabriel and Don Alonso set out to join a Spanish Armada preparing to enter into battle with the British Royal Navy. Painstakingly researched by its author, Trafalgar is a detailed fictional retelling of one history’s most iconic conflicts. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Benito Pérez Galdós’s Trafalgar is a classic of Spanish literature reimagined for modern readers.