Triumph at Midnight of the Century: A Critical Biography of Arturo Barea

Triumph at Midnight of the Century: A Critical Biography of Arturo Barea

by Michael Eaude
     
 

ISBN-10: 1845192885

ISBN-13: 9781845192884

Pub. Date: 01/01/2009

Publisher: Sussex Academic Press

Arturo Barea (1897–1957) is often seen as merely a spontaneous writer with a passion against injustice. In fact, he set out deliberately to write concretely and sensuously: about himself in order to understand his mid-life nervous breakdown; and about his generation as a way of explaining the underlying causes of the Spanish Civil War. With acute

Overview

Arturo Barea (1897–1957) is often seen as merely a spontaneous writer with a passion against injustice. In fact, he set out deliberately to write concretely and sensuously: about himself in order to understand his mid-life nervous breakdown; and about his generation as a way of explaining the underlying causes of the Spanish Civil War. With acute psychological insight, this self-taught boy from the slums, who left school aged 13, drew a unique portrait of Spanish society in the early twentieth century. … His trilogy The Forging of a Rebel was well received by George Orwell, “An excellent book … Señor Barea is one of the most valuable of the literary acquisitions that England has made as a result of Fascist persecution”; and Gabriel García Márquez, “One of the best novels written in Spanish.” He is unusual in that he was one of the first Spanish working-class writers, one of the first autobiographers in Spain, and someone who published mainly in English though all his attention was focused on Spain. … In this groundbreaking biography, based on numerous interviews with people who knew Barea, Michael Eaude revisits Barea’s writing qualities and deficiencies in the context of stimulating intersections of literature and politics, and of Spain and England. He evaluates all his major works, including The Track, the story of Barea’s time as a sergeant during the 1920s colonial war in Morocco; The Forge, the story of city and country, school and work, in the first years of the twentieth century, told through the eyes of a child; The Clash, the story of Barea’s experience as a censor during the Civil War; The Broken Root, his last novel, about exile and an imagined return to Madrid; and his short stories and essays. He also puts into perspective Barea’s more than 800 talks for the BBC, and rebuts slanders that Barea did not write his own books.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845192884
Publisher:
Sussex Academic Press
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

The Canada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies x

Series Editor's Preface xii

Acknowledgments xvi

Editions of Barea's Books Used xvii

List of Abbreviations xviii

Introduction: Successful Exile - Political and Personal Aims 1

I Arturo Barea: His Life up to 1939 6

II Valor y miedo: Propaganda and Passive Heroism 20

III Moving beyond "Surface Realism" 35

IV The Child's Eye: The Forge 44

V Anti-imperialism in Morocco: The Track 60

VI The Clash: The Flame of Revolution 76

VII Barea in England: 1939-1957 108

VIII Hunger to Read: Criticism and Stories 128

IX Exile without Resentment 145

Conclusion: Unflinching Eye of a Working-class Writer 160

Appendix 1 Publishing history 163

Appendix 2 Chronological table of Barea's books and articles 171

Appendix 3 Ilse Pollak/Ilsa Barea, 1902-1972 176

Appendix 4 The Cordoba tape 196

Notes 198

Glossary of Spanish Words 229

Bibliography 230

Index 238

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