The author Jason Webster is an American living in Spain for 12 years at the time of the publication of this book. He is a travel writer and has written several books on different aspects of life in Spain and also several crime novels. “Guerra”, however, gives an account of the Spanish Civil War, the build up to it and its effects which are still felt today in Spanish society, sometimes under the surface but they are always there.
The author alternates between visiting important sites and cities from the civil war in the present day and examining the history and significance of these places in the past. He provides an accessible and fascinating account of this period in Spain’s history and mentions many well known people who in some way got caught up in the war: Ernest Hemingway fought on the side of the republicans before having to escape to safety in France, Federico Garcia Lorca, one of Spain’s greatest poets, was shot in the hills of Granada for speaking out against the Nationalists and Picasso’s most famous painting Guernica was inspired by the Basque town of the same name.
For anyone interested in Spain and its culture and history this book is a really great find!
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