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An illuminating view of the Spanish Civil War
on 7 November 2012
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.