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The Hive
     

The Hive

by Cela, Arturo Barea (Translator)
 

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In this extraordinary novel of life in Madrid after the Spanish Civil War, Camilo Jose Cela conveys with startling immediacy not only the brutality but also the vitality of life in the city. His style—economical but vivid—carries the reader through a series of vignettes, following Cela’s many characters through the streets and tenements and

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In this extraordinary novel of life in Madrid after the Spanish Civil War, Camilo Jose Cela conveys with startling immediacy not only the brutality but also the vitality of life in the city. His style—economical but vivid—carries the reader through a series of vignettes, following Cela’s many characters through the streets and tenements and brothels and, above all, the cafés of the great beehive—la colmena—of Madrid. Both a social document of its time and place and a moving tale of human suffering—and human triumph—under a totalitarian regime, The Hive is “a brilliant and original work” (Gerald Brenan, The New York Times Book Review).

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Library Journal
Cela's novel depicts the hardship borne by the lower-middle class following the Spanish Civil War. Told through a series of interlinked vignettes, the story involves nearly 100 characters. For its blunt portrayal of life under a dictatorship, this 1953 book was banned during the Franco regime. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374522308
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Series:
Neglected Books of the 20th Century Ser.
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.73(d)

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