Hotel Florida

Hotel Florida

Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War

eBook - 2014
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"A spellbinding story of love amid the devastation of the Spanish Civil War Madrid, 1936. In a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe--a conflict one writer will call "the decisive thing of the century"--six people meet and find their lives changed forever. Ernest Hemingway, his career stalled, his marriage sour, hopes that this war will give him fresh material and new romance; Martha Gellhorn, an ambitious novice journalist hungry for love and experience, thinks she will find both with Hemingway in Spain. Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, idealistic young photographers based in Paris, want to capture history in the making and are inventing modern photojournalism in the process. And Arturo Barea, chief of Madrid's loyalist foreign press office, and Ilsa Kulcsar, his Austrian deputy, are struggling to balance truth-telling with loyalty to their sometimes compromised cause--a struggle that places both of them in peril. Hotel Florida traces the tangled wartime destinies of these three couples against the backdrop of a critical moment in history. As Hemingway put it, "You could learn as much at the Hotel Florida in those years as you could anywhere in the world." From the raw material of unpublished letters and diaries, official documents, and recovered reels of film, Amanda Vaill has created a narrative of love and reinvention that is, finally, a story about truth: finding it out, telling it, and living it--whatever the cost"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2014.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780374712037
0374712034
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxiv, 436 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: "They are here for their lives"
"You never hear the one that hits you"
"La Despedida".
Summary: "A spellbinding story of love amid the devastation of the Spanish Civil War Madrid, 1936. In a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe--a conflict one writer will call "the decisive thing of the century"--six people meet and find their lives changed forever. Ernest Hemingway, his career stalled, his marriage sour, hopes that this war will give him fresh material and new romance; Martha Gellhorn, an ambitious novice journalist hungry for love and experience, thinks she will find both with Hemingway in Spain. Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, idealistic young photographers based in Paris, want to capture history in the making and are inventing modern photojournalism in the process. And Arturo Barea, chief of Madrid's loyalist foreign press office, and Ilsa Kulcsar, his Austrian deputy, are struggling to balance truth-telling with loyalty to their sometimes compromised cause--a struggle that places both of them in peril. Hotel Florida traces the tangled wartime destinies of these three couples against the backdrop of a critical moment in history. As Hemingway put it, "You could learn as much at the Hotel Florida in those years as you could anywhere in the world." From the raw material of unpublished letters and diaries, official documents, and recovered reels of film, Amanda Vaill has created a narrative of love and reinvention that is, finally, a story about truth: finding it out, telling it, and living it--whatever the cost"-- Provided by publisher.

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Jan 05, 2015

A really interesting account which demanded a bit of concentration and slow reading: but then I was pretty ignorant of many of the facts of the Spanish Civil War - less so now! The linear structure feeds off the developing story of each couple and the disastrous progress of the war - it was never less than absorbing. There's an old-fashioned commitment to research and history in this book that I really liked.

ChristchurchLib May 12, 2014

"In 1936 Madrid, six people—writer Ernest Hemingway, novice journalist Martha Gellhorn, photographers Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, foreign press office chief Arturo Barea and his Austrian deputy Ilsa Kulcsar—are torn between truth-telling and loyalty during a critical moment in history." History and Current Events May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/07a6a31c-7455-4328-9850-87f64b0c952f?postId=4ba36ab2-e78e-4e70-abde-d37ee7b88a73

BCD2013 May 12, 2014

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Vaill follows the lives, loves, betrayals and rivalries of six journalists covering the Spanish Civil War: Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gelhorn, Robert Capa, Gerta Pohorylle, Arturo Barea and Ilsa Kucsar. With cameo appearances by John Dos Passos, Stephen Spender and George Orwell, this book captures the high drama and charged atmosphere of 1930s Spain.
- Wayne Roylance

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