Last year's Goncourt novelist returns with another novel set in Spain, a slighter one in ultimate value. This is a brief picture of the Asturian mine workers' revolt in 1934, their short-lived attempt for power. The book is flimsy, the characterization scant and the social implications miss fire. The book is handled through dialogue, and one misses the detail of background and action. Nonetheless, Peyre knows and sets down the minutiae of this rebellion as authentically as he handles his bull-fighting in Glittering Death. It has a certain timeliness as a prelude to the Spanish civil war. A man's book, primarily, with a slim love story. Translated from the French and with a change in title to bring it into focus.