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The Forging of a Rebel

Arturo Barea Ilsa Barea

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Pushkin Press
25 July 2018
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.

Originally published in the late 1940s, 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 left Spain for good. His descriptions of people rising up to resist their aggressors are stunning, 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.
By:   Arturo Barea
Translated by:   Ilsa Barea
Imprint:   Pushkin Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781782274940
ISBN 10:   1782274944
Pages:   768
Publication Date:   25 July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Arturo Barea (1897-1957) was for most of the Spanish Civil War head of the Foreign Press and Censorship Bureau of the Republican Government in Madrid and was also the radio broadcaster who became internationally famous as the 'Unknown Voice of Madrid'. Eventually forced out of Spain, he sought temporary asylum in France before crossing to England just before the outbreak of World War II.

Reviews for The Forging of a Rebel

This is an exceptional book - George Orwell One of the great autobiographies of the twentieth century - New Republic One of the most significant Spanish prose works of [the 20th] century... Moving and dramatic - New York Review of Books One of the best novels written in Spanish - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 'Perhaps the most definitive and personal account of [Spain's] history during the first four decades of the 20th century' - Guardian 'As essential to an understanding of twentieth-century Spain as the reading of Tolstoy is indispensable to the comprehension of nineteenth-century Russia' - Daily Telegraph


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