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"An absorbing book that conveys the raw Spanish experience - its heat, dust, light and shade - with rare and startling actuality. Admirers of his first two books will have their high regard confirmed by this one. Newcomers should start here. They will not be disappointed" (Literary Review)

"Written with considerable power and beauty" (The Sunday Times)

"The term "romantic traveller", once used indiscriminately by Spaniards to describe any foreigner with a passionate interest in Spain, seems particularly applicable to Jason Webster... you are likely to be seduced by his powers as a storyteller" (Independent)

"Squarely in the Almodovarian reality of contemporary Spain... goes straight to the heart" (Tomas Graves)

"Webster's surely right to see the legacy of the war in terms of - often turbulent - undercurrents; for him it informs a little-known and largely nasty side of Spain... revelatory and rings true" (The Scotsman)

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Completing his edgy Spanish trilogy, Jason Webster unearths the secrets of the Spanish Civil War, and turns it into a personal quest for its dark legacy in today's Spain.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 777 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (3 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XVYEPU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It is extraordinary how many books are written by foreigners about Spain, especially the Civil War, but here is a new title to add to an illustrious list headed by names such as Hugh Thomas, Paul Preston and Ian Gibson. This is less a history book, as a personal interpretation of the war, and how its effects can still be felt in Spain today. Colourful episodes from the war itself are interspersed with the author's journeys around the country, visiting such sites as Franco's tomb in el Valle de los Caidos near Madrid, or the ruins of the town of Belchite near Zaragoza. Along the way he meditates on issues such as death and conflict, as well as the eternal division between the 'Two Spains' - a topic that he resolves amusingly and insightfully in the character of 'Kiki' - a transvestite friend in Madrid. For readers who know little about the Spanish Civil War this is the perfect place to start. For those who do know about it, they wil find something fresh and different in Jason Webster's vision of this most tragic event in history.
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I have read all three of Webster's books, my passion for Spain traceable to having spend ten years in the country as a child. It is hard to say why, but Webster nails so many essential aspects of the feel of the culture that I am transported and drawn into my own memories. Unlike Duende, a spirited memoir of naivite and first love and Andalus, a scholarly and impressionistic tour de horizon of the impact of the 800 years of Moorish influence on Spain and Europe as a whole seen through the doubting eyes of a modern moor, a Morrocan illegal imigrant Webster befriends and protects, Guerra is far darker. Death, the stench of the decay of the unjustly killed, permeates this book. The writing is, however, so fine as to compell you to keep turning the pages. I found I had to know and trusted Webster's retelling to inform me of what I had so far hidden from myself. Like something horific you cannot bear to look at, the Spanish civil war is an object lesson we must all take to heart. Not least today's Spaniards. If we forget what happened there is always the danger of history repeating itself in some perverse variation or echo. Webster's revisting of this key period in 20th century political history is therefore a warning. The cameos, like Kiki the wise transformista (transexual), are all superb and I for one would buy that particular feisty and wise lady dinner at the drop of a hat. What a character. I wonder what Webster will do next. Three classic works in a row is a hard act to follow. If you have not read him, this is a good place to begin - then read the others.
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Jason Webster picks topics/aspects that are typical of Spain but has a superb talent for being able to offer a completely fresh and interesting perspective of them. In "Guerra" [the Spanish word for "war"] he sets off around Spain in search of traces and effects of the Spanish Civil War on and in the country today, giving a simple and interesting account of what is actually a very complex event and issue in Spanish history. This account is accompanied by descriptions of some of his darker experiences during the journey, of some of the interesting and helpful characters, and of some of the nastier, unhelpful ones he meets along the way. But for all the darkness, Webster leaves the reader feeling hopeful and optimistic in the final chapter, "Perpignan", - I won't spoil it for you! - a chapter which I found particularly pleasant and beautiful.

This is a great book about Spain, whether you know a lot about the country or otherwise. It's easy to read and, more importantly, is highly enjoyable.
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This is the third Jason Webster book - his first, Duende was magnificent. This one has the same quality - someone who obviously loves the wild passionate side of Spain but has the talent to intersperse some important historical data of the last century. A brilliant book - the Spanish civil war is something we should all know more about as it affects us all. Jacon Webster also manages to bring in the personal touch - the complete understanding of Spanish character.
Highly recommended.
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This book is squarely aimed at people like me, who knew next to nothing about the Spanish Civil War before reading it. We follow the author in his travels around various sites in Spain, Morocco and France that played important roles in the build-up and during the war. I would say the he gets the balance between history and his own observations nearly right, though some of the personal anecdotes and details were a bit cloying, and as another reviewer has said he can come across as a bit smug.
In all, a very good introduction to the subject, which puts it in its wider context of how it influenced the start of WWII, the cold war, and attitudes to nationalism and fascism in modern day Spain. I do think however, that much of what the author says of modern day Falangists in Spain comes from personal anecdotes, and we are left with little idea of the extent to which they are around today. However the book has inspired me to find out more about the subject, and that I would say means it has done its job well.
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As someone who has taken an interest in Spain and Latin America over the last view years my knowledge of this recent historical event was non-existent. This book makes me want to remedy this. The author takes us on an absorbing, personal and v. sad journey highlighting some key points of the war. Highly recommended
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