The Pepe Carvalho novels by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán depict tensions in post-Franco Spain from 1975. Mark Lawson investigates.
In his Pepe Carvalho novels, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán created a Barcelona-based private eye with a gastronomic passion, whose investigations are set against political developments in post-Franco Spanish society.
Mark Lawson continues his series looking at European history through crime fiction - discussing the books of Montalbán with Antonio Hill and Jason Webster - whose own crime novels depict contemporary Spain.
Producer: Robyn Read
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.