RARA-AVIS: Re: Hammett and Hemingway

From: jacquesdebierue ( jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 26 Nov 2007

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Patrick King <abrasax93@...> wrote:
> 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 TOLLS bears little historical reference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.

This is not the place to discuss the Spanish Civil War, but Hemingway had first-hand experience of it. He was also writing a novel, not a history of that war. And he had his sympathies. In any case, he didn't lack knowledge.



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