Architect of Discipline
1820: Torcuato Benjumeda has been master architect of the Atlantic metropolis of Cadiz during its golden age of trade. Cadiz is the envy of much of Europe for its sophistication, cosmopolitanism and sense of pleasure and animation. As the major import-export centre for all of Spain’s Latin American colonies, the city’s economy and society are led by the prosperous merchants who are Torcuato’s clients and sponsors. With an architectural portfolio combining great religious and civic buildings with commissions for neoclassical residences, Torcuato is known for the academic rigour of his work.
Approaching the end of his career, though, he is held responsible for a disaster – the bull ring has collapsed, causing widespread injury and panic – and must now face dark secrets which he has concealed from his family and colleagues. Beneath his magnificent designs lies a tormented soul.
Published: 9 January 2014
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