One of the finest books that I have read is The Carpenter’s Pencil by Manuel Rivas, a Spanish writer.
A slim volume, the book is set in a prison during the summer of 1936 where an artist sketches the famous porch of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Instead of the sculptured prophets and elders he draws the faces of his fellow Republican prisoners. He uses a carpenter’s pencil that has passed from hand to hand and with which several memories are drawn. Woven into this is setting is also a beautiful love story. A splendid read.