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I am Spain: The Spanish Civil War and the Foreigners who went to Fight Fascism Hardcover – 23 Oct 2012


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Old Street Publishing; First Edition edition (23 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908699108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908699107
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Boyd Haycock was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, in 1968 and grew up in West Africa, East Anglia and North Yorkshire. After reading 'Modern History' at the University of Oxford he lived in Brighton, London and Los Angeles, but now lives with his family in Oxford. He is a freelance writer, curator and NADFAS lecturer, specialising in early twentieth-century British art and culture. He writes a blog, at http://davidboydhaycock.blogspot.co.uk

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Praise for David Boyd Haycock

'It's well known that writers including Cornford, George Orwell, Stephen Spender, WH Auden, John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway went to war, but this is the first book to show clearly who was where when, moving through the war month by month. The results are fascinating. David Boyd Haycock is a skilful historian, providing analyses of the political and military machinations at the same time as he brings the battles to life. And he makes the most of his colourful cast, strewing the narrative with splendidly unlikely tales of quirky heroism. By the end of the book it feels as though almost every eccentric British intellectual found his or her way to Spain.'
Guardian

'Haycock manages the drama in this tale with such skill that his story unfolds like a well-plotted novel. Never before have the private vicissitudes in these artists' lives been made so real or their exuberance so vivid'
Frances Spalding, Daily Mail

'Haycock's narrative of this entangled, war-defined group is so strong that it often has the force of a novel, hard to put down . . . We should call for a joint exhibition of [their] work, to complement the moving portrayal of their lives in this engrossing and enjoyable book.'
Jenny Uglow, Guardian BOOK OF THE WEEK

'A lucid study of the lives behind the art . . . What gives Haycock's book its freshness is that, through skilful use of letters and memoirs left by his five subjects, he injects it with the anxiety, ambition, self-doubt and jealousy that possessors of youth and talent are fated to feel'
John Carey, Sunday Times

'What a fascinatingly tangled mess of human lives! Haycock tells the whole story engagingly and unpretentiously: the human conflicts, the clashes of ideas, and the terrible disruptions of war beneath it all.'
Independent

'A sad tale, wonderfully told… [Haycock] fades the many different narratives in and out with ease'
Country Life

'Boyd Haycock sets the story of Nash, Spencer, Dora Carrington, Mark Gertler and Richard Nevinson against the backdrop of Britain before and during the war, and he delineates it all with real vigour. Recommended.'
Herald

'There is something endlessly appealing about a group of artists behaving badly while simultaneously creating their best work...Depression, doubt, love triangles and the horrors of war all conspire against their ambitions, causing their fortunes to diverge wildly... [Haycock's] research provides rich context, with personal letters supplying detail to every squabble or concern'
Metro

'A vintage decade of early twentieth century British art, told in vivid and entertaining detail through the adventures of five highly gifted young painters ... I greatly enjoyed it'
Sir Michael Holroyd

'Truly fascinating from every angle - almost a work of art in itself'
Books Quarterly

'An extraordinary book. I read it avidly ... The familiar cast is handled in a quite new and original way. They have been made fresh and vulnerable once more, and their work re-evaluated, made new to us'
Ronald Blythe

'Haycock's narrative teems with colourful characters and dramatic detail.'
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Hopper on 7 Nov 2012
Format: Hardcover
I think the reviewer who criticised this book for not setting the war in its wider context misses the point. 'I am Spain' doesn't aim to be an exhaustive account of the Spanish Civil War - territory that has already been heavily trodden by historians. Rather, it offers a new lens through which to view the conflict - a European crisis that magnetically drew idealistic young people into its chaos and bloodshed. The book's strength is that it restricts its scope, taking this one episode from the lives of disparate characters from Hemingway to Orwell, and examining, vividly and often painfully, the effect it had on them. The parallels and contrasts between their reactions is illuminating. A highly recommended read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Wilson on 6 Nov 2012
Format: Hardcover
I knew very little about the Spanish civil war before I read this book, but found this an engrossing introduction. I really enjoyed the author's last book, A Crisis of Brilliance, and this one is written in the same very readable style, full of intimate personal accounts drawn from letters, newspapers, autobiographies, etc. It's a terrible story though, of a horrible war fought in the shadow of a looming global disaster - another world war.
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Havin A Spanish member of our family who lived through the results of this conflict this equipped me to undertstand better how deep this conflict permeates the Spanish psyche
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The book is interesting but includes lots if details one need not necessarily require. Good background to WW2 and involvement of major powers.
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