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The Forging of a Rebel by Arturo Barea ,. Ilsa Barea Translator. Nigel Townson Introduction. Originally published in the late s, 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 Originally published in the late s, 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 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 s, 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 to , 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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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Forging of a Rebel. May 14, Megan rated it it was amazing Shelves: megans-favorites , historical-fiction , autobiography , 20th-century-literature , history.
It is first though, an autobiography; a personal account of Spain through the eyes of a child who comes of age as a soldier, an intellectual, a worker, and a man. The writer also tells a story that is both beautiful and informative, poetically weaving the sights, sounds and smells of the lands he was raised, amid the customs and culture of the Spanish people.
Beginning in the early s, through the second Moroccan War, to the inevitability of the Republic, with a finale of the Civil War, Forging a Rebel paints an unforgettable account of a country that inspired thousands of women and men from around the world, of different classes and cultures, to rally for its cause for freedom, equality, and opportunity.
But what is most extraordinary about this brilliant memoir is the passion in which it is written. It is a book that the reader can relate to, despite its being written half a century ago. Timeless tales of the tyrannies of hierarchy, abuses of labor, innocence of childhood, struggles for freedom, and the corruption of power, are woven throughout this trilogy, enabling the reader connect to his story and the stories of his people.
When you read Barea's book you feel as though you are in Madrid and Morocco, drinking the wine, eating the food, and hanging out the endless mosaic of people that make up Spain.
While it has been recommended by Orwell, has been compared to Tolstoy's War and Peace, and made into a television mini-series in Spain, this remarkable book has been largely neglected. For anyone interested in Spain, the Spanish Civil War or just brilliant literature, buy this book, it deserves to be read. Nov 26, Pippa rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-novels.
I lent this to an elderly couple and they thought it was rather brutal, but it covers Spanish history in the twentieth century - a brutal period - and it is written by an intelligent man who nevertheless accepts a lot of things about his culture. It is beautifully written and very well translated.
I absolutely loved it. View 2 comments. Nov 11, Rick rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction. The Forging of a Rebel was always imagined by its Spanish author as a single ambitious work. However, it was first published in England, where Barea was living in exile, as three separate volumes: The Forge , The Track and The Clash Franco, a fascist on the Mussolini model and a ruthlessly competent military leader, accepted critical aid from The Forging of a Rebel was always imagined by its Spanish author as a single ambitious work.
Franco, a fascist on the Mussolini model and a ruthlessly competent military leader, accepted critical aid from Hitler and Mussolini, weapons, advisors, and some combatants. In short, a civil war became two wars, one belonging to Spain where there was no alternative to victory for either side and a proxy war, a prelude to the World War II, where international participants knew they could fight another day.
During and after the war, the international angle dominated books, films, and articles, a fact that bothered Barea as much as it did when he worked in besieged Madrid during the war as a censor.
Barea, the son of a washerwoman, was raised by a strict aunt and a kindly uncle and held apart from his still living mother. The aunt discouraged visits from the mother and displays of affection between mother and son. Barea, a capable student, was bright and curious, instinctively independent, resistant to authority, and determined to free his mother from the grim life of a laundrywoman.
Spain was a dying aristocracy. Its countryside still remarkably feudal. The Church, institutionally and in most instances at the parish and school level, worked hard and harshly with the wealthy landowners.
Anti-clericalism among the Spanish poor was deep and rooted in support of a status quo that left many brutally exploited, working long hours on starvation diets and frequently underemployed. Attempts at reform were repressed. The third volume covers the Spanish Civil War. Barea intercedes to save a fascist priest and a wealthy business owner, both because they were men of good character who helped others, regardless of political views or status, but there are many others on both sides who are executed on suspicion or by accident or out of malice or revenge for past crimes real and imagined.
On both sides. Barea soon becomes suspect by the Communists, as does Ilsa, thought to be a Trotskyite, and the couple is forced to flee Spain to avoid arrest and likely execution by their own side. La forja de un rebelde es una novela porque la vida su autor fue novelesca.
Oct 10, Gurldoggie rated it it was amazing. An astounding book. A coming of age story from a world that existed less than years ago, but has completely disappeared. The true story of a smart and sensitive young man caught up in the historical forces that laid waste to Spain in the 's. Rich with historical details, this book also reads like a wondrous tale of one boy's vividly remembered life and times.
I can't recommend it highly enough. Apr 21, Jonathan yates rated it it was amazing. Yo creo que "La forja de un rebelde" no es una novela del exilio, es LA novela del exilio. Sep 07, blakeR rated it liked it Shelves: history , memoir , political-science.
A valuable book for what it has to say about 20th century Spain and their Civil War, but very long. Very plodding. Did I mention it's long and takes a while to read? Arturo Barea was a Spaniard born to a low-class washerwoman around the turn of the 20th century, yet raised by a well-off uncle in a bourgeois Madrid environment, setting him up for a unique role as an outsider to both castes: too snobby fo A valuable book for what it has to say about 20th century Spain and their Civil War, but very long.
Arturo Barea was a Spaniard born to a low-class washerwoman around the turn of the 20th century, yet raised by a well-off uncle in a bourgeois Madrid environment, setting him up for a unique role as an outsider to both castes: too snobby for his lower class siblings and cousins but forever the "son of a washerwoman" in his elite Catholic schools and office jobs.
Though he doesn't explicitly state it, these circumstances undoubtedly shaped Barea's worldview and his socialist leanings; they made him hyper-sensitive to injustice and allowed him an outsider's perspective on both the lower and upper classes, one he would exploit in this tome with an impressive gift for both observation and translation into prose.
The first book, "The Forge," was a slog -- the 1st half of it had flashes of beauty but was largely a painstaking depiction of the minutiae of his childhood setting. Emphasis on "pain. The 2nd book, "The Track," continued the better pacing of the 2nd half of the 1st book and did well to depict the corruption and hypocrisy plaguing the Spanish military and government, in addition to Barea's growing disillusionment with the status quo.
This was the quickest read out of the three books and also the shortest, a coincidence I'm sure. The 3rd book, "The Clash," I sort of viewed as the main event. I came to this book after all from Orwell's Homage to Catalonia , or perhaps it was from For Whom the Bell Tolls -- in any case I've read and loved two books about the Spanish Civil War and was eager to read a depiction from an actual Spaniard.
And buried amidst all of the many thousands of words he wrote about it there is certainly a fascinating portrayal.
The Forging of a Rebel is an autobiographical trilogy of books written by the Spanish author, broadcaster and journalist Arturo Barea. During these years his mother worked as a laundress of military clothes, by the river Manzanares. The novel describes Barea's early ambitions of becoming an engineer and his frustration with an unequal social system that forces him to terminate his education and work in various jobs such as courier, shop attendant and bank employee. He enrolls in the UGT and develops ties with fellow socialists. Much of the book's focus is on the clash of classes under the Spanish monarchy and the rigid structure of an education system dominated by religious orders. The prose records with evocative detail the nature of urban life in Madrid, as well as in the rural areas where the author's extended family lived.
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Barea was born in Badajoz , of humble origins. Barea was semi-adopted by his aunt and uncle who were prosperous enough to send him to school. This resulted in his first experience of the class divisions that riddled Spanish society, when his own sister accused him of "acting the gentleman" while she worked as a servant. He left school aged 13 and got a job at a bank as an office boy and copyist, though did not become a fully paid employee for another year. He later quit after being fined for breaking a glass-plate desk cover. Barea served his compulsory military service in Ceuta and Morocco , rising to the rank of sergeant in an Engineers regiment of the Spanish Army and seeing action in the Rif War.
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