Forging of a Rebel

Forging of a Rebel

by Arturo Barea
     
 

Originally published in the late 1940s, and never before available in paperback in the United States, Arturo Barea's astonishing Spanish trilogy is both the autobiography of a man and the biography of a nation during the first four decades of the twentieth century, one of the most crucial periods in Spain's long history.

Arturo Barea was born into a poor family

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Originally published in the late 1940s, and never before available in paperback in the United States, Arturo Barea's astonishing Spanish trilogy is both the autobiography of a man and the biography of a nation during the first four decades of the twentieth century, one of the most crucial periods in Spain's long history.

Arturo Barea was born into a poor family in Madrid in 1897 and spent his early years moving between the social and economic worlds of his beloved and widowed mother and a well-to-do aunt. Spain had just lost the last of its rich colonial possessions and was burdened by a sick and corrupt monarchy, and Barea's description of Madrid in The Forge-its slums and boulevards, beggars and children, and conflicting economic and political currents, is as gripping as it is fascinating. As with many of his generation, he developed bourgeois yearnings and became a prosperous businessman; yet he also became deeply concerned about the greed, corruption, and injustice he saw around him. His experience in the Spanish Army in Morocco during the bloody Riff War of the early 1920s, chronicled in The Track, affected him deeply and brought him back to Spain with a new perspective. The Clash jumps ahead a decade to chronicle the events in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War, from 1935 to 1939, when Barea and his wife, Ilsa, left Spain for good. His descriptions of people rising up to resist their aggressors are unforgettable, and brings home more poignantly and insightfully than any history the underlying conflicts, tensions, and complexities of the Civil War.

Individually, each of Barea's books is unforgettable; together they form a literary and historical masterpiece.

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Editorial Reviews

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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)

Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802776150
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
02/15/2002
Pages:
760
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.46(h) x 2.03(d)

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