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Written in red : the Communist memoir in Spain /
Gina Herrmann.
imprint
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2010.
description
xxii, 246 p.
ISBN
0252034694 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780252034695 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2010.
isbn
0252034694 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780252034695 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction: the subject of Communist autobiography -- Dolores Ibárruri and the mothering of the party -- The road to consciousness: youth and conversion -- The war in Spain -- Exile and left melancholia: María Teresa León and Rafael Alberti -- Between devotion and disillusion: Jorge Semprún, Teresa Pàmies, and the recovery of Communist memory.
catalogue key
7021786
 
Gift to Victoria University Library. Blackmore, J. 2012/09/20.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-07-01:
Herrmann (Univ. of Oregon) studies how in their autobiographies six Spanish communist writers--Dolores Ibarruri, Jorge Semprun, Rafael Alberti, Maria Teresa Leon, Teresa Pamies, and Tomas Pamies--worked through their communist ideals, especially concerning Stalinism. Spanning several decades of leftist literary production, this innovative, thought-provoking book underscores the cultural impact of, for example, the Spanish Civil War, the International Brigades, Stalinism, the Czech purge, Rotspanier, the Maquis, and the Holocaust. Herrmann has crafted a fluid work that incorporates myriad political and literary sources, and she succeeds in presenting communist activism in Spain as catalyst for cultural production and as resistance tool against fascism. One of the book's most valuable contributions is its exposure of the canine-human relationship during war times. The author also analyzes exilic studies and traces the ideological trajectory of Spanish republicans exiled after Franco's victory. The book's several unique interpretations will intrigue those interested in the Civil War and leftist politics (the concise index will serve such readers well). A worthy addition to the literature, this book charts new ground and marks a significant leap forward for the literature on this period. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. C. Prieto California State University--Chico
Reviews
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"A brilliant analysis of the relationship between political commitment and activism, personal relations and affect."-- The Volunteer
"A must-read for anyone interested in twentieth-century intellectual history."-- Bulletin of Spanish Studies
"Herrmann is an accomplished writer who brings together scholars from many disciplines and leaves us with engaging questions about the relationship between literature and politics."--Hispania "Spanning several decades of leftist literary production, this innovative, thought-provoking book underscores the cultural impact of, the Spanish Civil War, the International Brigades, Stalinism, the Czech purge, Rotspanier, the Marquis, and the Holocaust. . . . Highly recommended."-- Choice
"Spanning several decades of leftist literary production, this innovative, thought-provoking book underscores the cultural impact of, the Spanish Civil War, the International Brigades, Stalinism, the Czech purge, Rotspanier, the Marquis, and the Holocaust. . . . Highly recommended."-- Choice
"Spanning several decades of leftist literary production, this innovative, thought-provoking book underscores the cultural impact of, the Spanish Civil War, the International Brigades, Stalinism, the Czech purge, Rotspanier, the Marquis, and the Holocaust. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice
"Thoroughly researched and elegantly written,Written in Redbrings a sophisticated theoretical grounding and broad intellectual and historical contextualization to the analysis of the autobiographical writings of six major Spanish writers and public figures of the Civil War and postwar periods. It promotes a long overdue reckoning of the role of Spain and the Spanish left in one of the central historical dramas of the 20th century: the rise and fall of communist ideology and practice across Europe and Asia." Kathleen Vernon, editor ofThe Spanish Civil War and the Visual Arts
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Summaries
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This is a study of the profound impact of international communist politics and culture on Spanish letters. Herrmann looks at the memoirs of six Spanish communist writers to reveal the often painful evolution of their politics from the beginning of the war through their long years of exile.
Main Description
In this book, Gina Herrmann looks at the memoirs of six Spanish Communist writers to reveal the fascinating and often painful evolution of their politics from the beginning of the war through their long years of exile. While Spanish Communist authors initially shaped their identities and autobiographies along the lines of Soviet models, Herrmann shows how, with the recognition of Stalinism's betrayal of the Communist ideal, the writers increasingly came to experience those models as straitjackets unfit to contain the stories of their rich and difficult lives. The six writers studied--Dolores Ib rruri, Mar a Teresa L on, Rafael Alberti, Jorge Sempr n, and Teresa and Tom s P mies--devoted their lives to the cause of the revolution. Though they have told their separate stories, this book is the first to gather, compare, and interpret them within their historical and intellectual context and from a comparative perspective that takes into account recent developments in Soviet studies.
Main Description
In this book, Gina Herrmann looks at the memoirs of six Spanish Communist writers to reveal the fascinating and often painful evolution of their politics from the beginning of the war through their long years of exile. While Spanish Communist authors initially shaped their identities and autobiographies along the lines of Soviet models, Herrmann shows how, with the recognition of Stalinism's betrayal of the Communist ideal, the writers increasingly came to experience those models as straitjackets unfit to contain the stories of their rich and difficult lives. The six writers studied--Dolores Ibárruri, María Teresa Léon, Rafael Alberti, Jorge Semprún, and Teresa and Tomás Pàmies--devoted their lives to the cause of the revolution. Though they have told their separate stories, this book is the first to gather, compare, and interpret them within their historical and intellectual context and from a comparative perspective that takes into account recent developments in Soviet studies.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Introduction: The Subject of Communist Autobiographyp. 1
Dolores Ibárruri and the Mothering of the Partyp. 25
The Road to Consciousness: Youth and Conversionp. 54
The War in Spainp. 84
Exile and Left Melancholia: María Teresa Leónp. 128
Between Devotion and Disillusion: Jorge Semprún, Teresa Pámies, and the Recovery of Communist Memoryp. 166
Notesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 235
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