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Famous Faces of the Spanish Civil War (Hardback)

Writers and Artists in the Conflict 1936-1939

Military P&S History > Reference

By Steve Hurst
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781844159529
Published: 15th October 2009
Last Released: 19th October 2009



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This book tells the tragic story of the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of writers, artists and musicians who were deeply involved and close to it.

By means of chronological chapters covering the major phases the author describes the roles of figures such as Arthur Koestler, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, George Orwell, Esmond Romilly, Martha Gellhorn (Hemingway’s lover), Salvador Dali, the poet Federico Lorca (who was killed) etc. Other famous names include the spies Kim Philby and Anthony Blunt.

The progress of the War is followed from the outbreak rebellion of summer 1936, through Seville, the war in the Aragon Mountains, Madrid, Malaga, the arrival of the International Brigades in 1937, the notorious destruction of Guernika by the German Condor Legion, Barcelona and Franco’s victorious march, checked briefly on the Ebro.

This is a highly informative and interesting work covering a period of military history that has been largely neglected.

The book deals with the Spanish civil war as a part of their lives and it’s not the focus, which is great, as that was the topic of the book; the people who were involved.

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This is an interesting approach to the Spanish Civil War, effectively mixing sections on the fighting with sections on the artists and how they and their work were effected by the war.

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