COMUNICACIÓN Y PRENSA
Guardianes de la Alhambra (“Guardians of the Alhambra”), by the writer Carolina Molina, deals with the people and experiences that Washington Irving got to know and live, with those personages who inhabited the Nasrid Palaces and who became their first protectors. Therefore, the novel tells the visits to the Alhambra of Mérimée, Gautier, Richard Ford and Dumas, amongst others.
History and fiction merge in this Romantic style novel, and not only in what refers to the period where it is settled. The writer describes the world of the Romantic travellers, the arrival of David Roberts, the Scottish painter and creator of the paintings of the monument which are most reproduced.
Among the experiences lived by the “Guardians of the Alhambra” are the arrest and execution of a young woman with a liberal ideology called Mariana Pineda, as well as the birth of another woman, Eugenia de Montijo, who would become the Empress of France.
The atmosphere prevailing in Molina’s novel (Madrid, 1963), published by the publishing house Roca Editorial, is made up by the ambiance between the decadence of the Nasrid chambers and the beginning of their splendour through the image given to the Alhambra by the Romantic travellers.