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Lawrence returns to southern Spain in 1983, where he lived as a student twenty years before. Spanish society has changed radically since the Dictator Franco died seven years earlier, forcing the Catholic Church to loosen its iron grip over theMoreLawrence returns to southern Spain in 1983, where he lived as a student twenty years before. Spanish society has changed radically since the Dictator Franco died seven years earlier, forcing the Catholic Church to loosen its iron grip over the countrys morals, and Lawrence can scarcely believe he is in the backward country he once knew. Some of the changes are unpleasant to him because they reflect a new commercialism and hedonism, but our hero is astonished and enchanted to discover a new generation of Spanish women, so different to the repressed, prudish creatures he once knew.After making his way to the village near Granada where he once spent his summer holidays, Lawrence moves into an abandoned farm house in the hills and sits down to write about his life of adventures. At the same time, he befriends a group of university students who share a house in Granada, where he meets the rebellious Rocio, a peasant girl from the farm lands who was crippled by polio as a baby. But the aspiring author finds that Rocios limp does nothing to detract from her oriental beauty, clearly suggestive of Moorish or gypsy blood, and also makes of her a loner like him.They become friends, but Rocios hatred of any form of social privilege, even in a freedom-loving bohemian who leads the simple life, pitches her against Lawrence, whom she identifies as another sybaritic northerner. Nevertheless, after much wrangling and recrimination, Lawrence and Rocio embark on a love affair which is by turns tender, crudely physical and mutually harrowing. But the world traveller has just fled a life-threatening relationship with an artistic but uncontrollably possessive mother whose memory haunts his guilty nightmares, and only the magical misfit Rocio can give him solace...Spanish Fluff is about a strange love affair between a traditional society crumbling before the winds of modernity, a handicapped peasant girl who fears being left behind by her upwardly-mobile comrades, and a free-wheeling truth-seeker who is desperately struggling to face life after mother.The author, an external translator for Unesco and simultaneous interpreter trained at the University of Madrid and the Sorbonne in Paris, is best known for his books about Spain (Granada, City of My Dreams- Portrait of Montefrio- Stories from Spain) illustrated - as is Spanish Flufff - with his own pen-and-ink drawings. He is currently finishing his 12-volume autobiography entitled Lorenzo, the Story of a Very Long Youth, and lives in the Basque country of south-western France.