The Spanish Civil War in Fiction and in Eye-Witness Accounts

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The list author says: "Malraux's "Man's Hope" is certainly one of the better Civil War novels. Sender's Seven Red Sundays and Delibes The Stuff of Heroes are at least as good. Cela's San Camilo 1936 and Mazurka for two dead men I like a lot but find his writing difficult. The Franco side as far as I've seen in fiction anyway is probably best represented by Jose Maria Gironella. Both Miguel Delibes (Navy) and Camilo Jose Cela (Spanish Foreign Legion--later on Nobel prize winner) fought on the Nationalist side. Delibes would have been very young and his work over the years gives me the sense anyway that he feels he was on the wrong side - In "The stuff of heroes" which very directly deals with the war it almost seems autobiographical in nature - there is a litany of atrocities committed by both sides. Hemingway is Hemingway, and the eye-witness accounts are a mixed bag, but Laurie Lee is pretty readable."
San Camilo 1936 (French Edition)
1.  San Camilo 1936 (French Edition) by Camilo-José Cela
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  "The brief dedication is worth sharing: "To the conscripts of 1937, all of whom lost something; their life, their freedom, their dreams, their hope, their decency. And not to the adventurers from abroad , Fascists and Marxists, who had their fill of killing Spaniards like rabbits and whom no one had invited to take part in our funeral.""
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The Carpenter's Pencil: A Novel of the Spanish Civil War
2.  The Carpenter's Pencil: A Novel of the Spanish Civil War by Manuel Rivas
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  "Rivas is a great writer and this is a very readable short novel."
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Mazurka for Two Dead Men
3.  Mazurka for Two Dead Men by Camilo Jose Cela
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  "Set in Galicia during the Spanish Civil War, this 1984 winner of the Spanish National Prize for Literature revolves around two murders, with multiple narrative lines."
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The Cypresses Believe in God
4.  The Cypresses Believe in God by José María Gironella
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  "Considered by many critics to be the greatest novel about the Spanish Civil War, this classic is an unbiased account of the complicated events, movements and personalities that led up to the war."
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One Million Dead
5.  One Million Dead by Jose Maria Gironella
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Peace After War
6.  Peace After War by Jose Maria Gironella
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Seven Red Sundays
7.  Seven Red Sundays by Ramón José Sender
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  "A novel about a revolutionary uprising of workingmen in Madrid in 1935"
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Winter in Madrid
8.  Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom
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  "Sansom moves backwards and forwards in time, painting a vivid and evocative picture of Spain in the early 1940s - grim Republican resistance to Franco's forces, the dilapidated state of Madrid after the civil war and the hatreds still blazing after the war."
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For Whom the Bell Tolls (Scribner Classics)
9.  For Whom the Bell Tolls (Scribner Classics) by Ernest Hemingway
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The Fifth Column and Four Stories of The Spanish Civil War
10.  The Fifth Column and Four Stories of The Spanish Civil War by Ernest Hemingway
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Guerra
11.  Guerra by Jason Webster
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  "Fascinating true stories from the Civil War, vividly retold as he travels around the country."
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Soldiers of Salamis: A Novel
12.  Soldiers of Salamis: A Novel by Javier Cercas
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  "The story of a political prisoner during the Spanish Civil War who cheated death twice in one day."
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The Time of the Doves (La plaça del Diamant)
13.  The Time of the Doves (La plaça del Diamant) by Merce Rodoreda
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  "Powerfully written story of a naïve shop-keeper during the Spanish Civil War and beyond."
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Man's Hope
14.  Man's Hope by André Malraux
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  "Probably the best novel ever written about the Spanish Civil War."
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Stuff of Heroes
15.  Stuff of Heroes by Miguel Delibes
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  "Set in the 1930s during the Spanish Civil War, Delibes's plot chronicles the shifting fortunes of the De la Lastra family, which finds itself divided by politics."
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The Freedom Tree
16.  The Freedom Tree by James Watson
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  "An excellent "young adult" fictional take on the volunteers and the human tragedy of the war. It starts with the Hunger Marches in England and finishes with the bombing of Guernica."
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As I walked out one midsummer morning
17.  As I walked out one midsummer morning by Laurie Lee
The list author says:
  "A memoir of Lee's year-long walk through Spain as a very young man (Lee was English) on the eve of the war. Does a good job of presenting the living conditions of the time. The book concludes with a very early battle between opposing militia on the southern coast"
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A Moment of War: A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War
18.  A Moment of War: A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War by Laurie Lee
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  "Lee's spare, unsentimental memoir of his experience as a volunteer in the Spanish Civil War should take a place with Orwell's Homage to Catalonia as one of the English language classics of the time."
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Another Hill: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL
19.  Another Hill: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL by Milton Wolff
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  "Wolff played a major role in the Lincoln Battalion. Wolff, who was a San Francisco Bay Area resident, recently passed away at age 92."
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Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past
20.  Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past by Giles Tremlett
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Behind the Spanish Barricades: Reports from the Spanish Civil War
21.  Behind the Spanish Barricades: Reports from the Spanish Civil War by John Langdon-Davies
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  "An eye-witness account of the war provided by a British journalist trying to drum up international support for the Republicans."
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Defence of Madrid: An Eyewitness Account from the Spanish Civil War
22.  Defence of Madrid: An Eyewitness Account from the Spanish Civil War by Geoffrey Cox
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  "An eyewitness account from the Spanish Civil War. Originally published in 1937 it covers Cox's experiences as a newbie journalist in Madrid during the siege. A new edition came out in 2006 with a full introduction and examples of his newspaper reports"
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The Face of War
23.  The Face of War by Martha Gellhorn
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Combat over Spain: Memoirs of a Nationalist fighter pilot 1936-1939,
24.  Combat over Spain: Memoirs of a Nationalist fighter pilot 1936-1939, by Jose Larios Fernandez de Villavicencio Lerma
The list author says:
  "The beginning of the inside sleeve description says: "The author was a bomber and a fighter pilot for Franco from the beginning to the end of the Spanish Civil War with "the absolute conviction that we were fighting to prevent the total destruction of our Catholic faith and national traditions.""
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Durruti, the people armed
25.  Durruti, the people armed by Abel Paz
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  "Durutti was a metal worker who aspired to be an anarchist bookshop proprietor. He became a revolutionary, one of the greatest anarchist leades that ever lived and inspired millions with his words and deeds. He dies in combat at the peak of the spanish civil war"
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Biggles in Spain (Red Fox older fiction)
26.  Biggles in Spain (Red Fox older fiction) by W. E. Johns
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  "And of course, the inimitable Biggles fought in Spain, as he did in almost every event of significance in the 1930's and '40s."
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