The Forging of a Rebel

Overview

As an exile in London in 1939, when even 'the word liberty sounded ironical', Arturo Barea embarked on the autobiographical trilogy, The Forging of a Rebel. Comprising of three great books - The Forge, The Track and The Clash - The Forging of a Rebel has since come to be recognized as one of the keystones of modern Spanish literature. It is a remarkable portrait of Spain moving into the twentieth century, but seemingly little-changed since Napoleon's invasion, when Barea's grandmother was a small child. A ...
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Overview

As an exile in London in 1939, when even 'the word liberty sounded ironical', Arturo Barea embarked on the autobiographical trilogy, The Forging of a Rebel. Comprising of three great books - The Forge, The Track and The Clash - The Forging of a Rebel has since come to be recognized as one of the keystones of modern Spanish literature. It is a remarkable portrait of Spain moving into the twentieth century, but seemingly little-changed since Napoleon's invasion, when Barea's grandmother was a small child. A brilliant scholarship boy, able to move between the echelons of Spanish society - witnessing at first hand, for instance, Franco's rise in Morocco during the Riff War - whilst remaining true to the lessons and allegiances of his childhood as the son of a poor widow in Madrid, Barea offers a unique insight into the profound divisions and inequalities that eventually culminated in the Spanish Civil War. But he is also exceptionally aware of the price any country at war with itself has to pay. The result is an unfailingly humane and moving book, that spares nothing in intellectual honesty, but passionately celebrates Barea's belief in human dignity and those people in his life who allowed him to acquire and maintain such a belief.
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This first paperback edition combines Barea's three-part autobiography of The Forge (1941), The Track (1943), and The Clash (1946). Barea was only two months old when his Spanish-soldier father was killed. His mother, too poor to raise him, sent the child to live with wealthy relatives. The clash between rich and poor was ingrained into his makeup, and he chronicles well the slums and ghettoes of Spain. The story follows his course from childhood through World War I and the Spanish Civil War, leading to his permanent departure for England in 1939. These volumes were well received when they were originally published and should still be of interest. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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“One of the great autobiographies of the twentieth century.” —The New Republic

“This is an exceptional book.” —George Orwell

The Forging of a Rebel is as essential to an understanding of twentieth-century Spain as the reading of Tolstoy is indispensable to the comprehension of nineteenth-century Russia.” —The Daily Telegraph (London)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781258932671
  • Publisher: Literary Licensing LLC
  • Publication date: 10/27/2013
  • Pages: 748
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.56 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2003

    An Absolutely Stunning Book!

    The Spanish Civil War is more relevant to Americans than it might have seemed a few years ago. In the aftermath of 9/11, it is easier to imagine the reality of a Madrid under sustained shellfire. In the environment of hysterical political correctness which exists on so many campuses, it is easier to understand how a casual remark could land someone in front of a firing squad. And in a time of suicide bombings, the slogan "Long Live Death" (first adopted by the Spanish Foreign Legion and later by the Fascist movement) becomes even more chilling. Barea tells the story of Spain in the 20th century as seen through his own eyes. The characters are memorable and sharply-drawn, ranging from his mother the laundress to the charismatic fascist leader Millan Astray. Barea is that rare thing, an honest political observer, reporting the crimes and stupidities of his own side as well as the opposition. The writing is lyrical, especially in its description of landscapes.

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