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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, a true 20th century heroine, 7 April 2011
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Craddock Edwards from Bristol (bristol, uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: They Shall Not Pass: Autobiography of La Pasionaria (Paperback)
Dolores Ibarruri's (La Pasionaria) biography is one of the most moving and inspiring books I've ever read. Should be read by anyone with the slightest interest in the struggle of working people for a dignified, just and democratic existence. This is a woman that knew hardship, real poverty, prison, abuse and violence yet seems to have retained a dignity, humility and a positive outlook that is to me at least, absolutely inspirational. This book covers so much more than just her political activities for the Republic during the brutal Spanish Civil War - her struggles alongside the Basque miners where she was born and raised, workers and their families who lived and worked in conditions that even for the time (early 1900s) can only be described as inhuman. The attempts to unionise and fight for better conditions, her husband imprisioned for union work, trying to raise a family in hellish conditions, illness, disease but never losing faith in her socialist convictions.
Her life must have been one of the most adventurous of any woman in the 20th century. Eloquent, moving, radical, moving, tender - the life of a simple woman dedicated to the fight against injustice, exploitation, on the side of the peasants and workers who yearned and fought for the freedom to build a life of peace and socialism.
Even at the end, in defeat, this great woman can find words of hope, aspiration and encouragement for the youth of the new generations to carry on the struggle against reaction, hate and violence.
Yes, a story of days gone by, probably never to be seen again in this world of instant communications, instant consumer gratification, celebrity obcession and a return to neo conservative elitist rule, but - what one hell of a story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hasta la Revolucion, 11 April 2013
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They Shall Not Pass: Autobiography of La Pasionaria
They Shall Not Pass: Autobiography of La Pasionaria by Dolores Ibarruri (Paperback - 1 Jan. 1987)
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