writing as Anne Sikking
song of granada
published 2014 by Collage International - also available in Spanish: Canción de Granada
The novel attracted considerable controversy in Spain, first locally as an alleged threat to the security of the Alhambra monument, and then nationally as press criticism concerning freedom of
expression became a short-lived national conversation. In fact, the book contains no violence, no gratuitous sex and
not a single swear word. In the video footage, Anne Sikking addresses some of these concerns.
...Europe’s foremost Islamic monument is under siege. Captive are a visiting British choir and some local residents. Outside is the Army, the national police, a US observer and the world waiting to see if it is about to blow sky high. So why the demand for a midwife? What are the local children up to? Which gypsies are involved? Where do the terrorists come from and how does New York and 9/11 relate to it?
In a tightly woven, fast paced tale men, women, a host of children and the good people of Andalucía confront each other and themselves. Against the backdrop of the eternal lyric of Federico García Lorca they all arrive at a surprising resolution.