Field of Honour

By Aub, Max & Martin, Gerald & Fraser, Ronald

Publishers Summary:
Evocative, modernist novel chronicles the prelude to the Spanish Civil War. A contemporary of Lorca and Buñuel in Spain’s Second Republic, Max Aub escaped into a life of exile after General Franco seized Barcelona. His masterpiece, acknowledged in Spain as one of the best accounts of the Spanish Civil War, is the five-novel cycle known as The Magic Labyrinth—never before translated into English. A playwright as well as a novelist, he brings the period alive through vibrant dialogue and a story that navigates the factional intrigues that eventually erupted onto the streets in violence. The protagonist of the first novel is Rafael López Serrador, whose coming of age in Barcelona introduces a cast from all walks of city life—Catalan nationalists, anarchists, Falangists, government ministers and showgirls. Just as central a character is Barcelona itself, lovingly depicted. Rafael’s adventures bring him into contact with the forces that were to destroy the Republic and determine the bloody course of the Spanish Civil War. Masterfully translated by Gerald Martin, author of Gabriel García Márquez: A Life, Max Aub’s novel is set to introduce to an English-speaking audience a classic of Spanish and Latin American literature—an account of the Spanish Civil War to compare with Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls. .

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978-1-84467-400-8
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Verso


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Reviewed on September 9, 2009

Published originally in Spanish in 1943 and appearing in English for the first time, this is the first of five novels of the author's cycle El laberinto mugico (The Magic Labyrinth). It begins with Rafael Serrador, who leaves his village and makes his way as a teenager to Barcelona, where he eventually is caught up in the outbreak of the Spanish civil war. The novel's history is a saga in itself; Aub, born in France of German parents and considered a "national icon" in Spain today according to the publisher, smuggled it during the war from Spain to North Africa and finally to Mexico, where he lived the rest of his life. Verdict Aub's style-he was also a playwright-is to paint lightly with scraps and snippets of dialog, seamlessly translated by Martin, that cumulatively assume the force of reality. Sections will not be understood by readers with no background in the period, but for those with an interest in literary fiction or the Spanish civil war, this estimable work should find a devoted following.-Edward Cone, New York Copyright 2009 Media Source Inc. Copyright 2009 Media Source Inc. ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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