Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Hammett and Hemingway

From: Patrick King (
Date: 26 Nov 2007

I'm not saying Hemingway invented Spain, but his version of the Spanish Civil War in FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS bears little historical reference technologically or chronologically to the events in Spain 1936-1939. They bear more on his own World War I experiences and the technology of that much earlier era. The Spanish Civil War was a prelude to WWII. What grass roots movement there was was neither as significant nor as primitive as Hemingway told it in that book.

Patrick King
--- jacquesdebierue <> wrote:

> --- In, Jack Bludis
> <buildsnburns@...> wrote:
> >
> > Another piece that I think is right: Hemingway was
> a
> > reporter in Spain during the civil war. Right?
> Wrong? Shall
> > we vote? Can anyone verify?
> >
> He was. And he had lots of experience in Spain and a
> deep
> understanding of the culture. And he liked Spain the
> way it was (and
> is), so nothing he wrote, good or bad, feels
> falsified or
> self-serving, even today. He may have been a
> romantic, but he had
> great intelligence and lucidity as well. Whether
> some of his novels
> succeed (I am thinking specifically of For Whom the
> Bell Tolls) or
> endure is a different matter. But he didn't make up
> a Spain out of
> whole cloth, far from it.
> Best,
> mrt

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