Waiting for Robert Capa
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Waiting for Robert Capa

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  197 ratings  ·  44 reviews
An extraordinary novel of love, war, and art, based on the turbulent real-life romance of legendary photojournalists Gerda Taro and Robert Capa

Artists, Jews, nonconformists, exiles. Gerta Pohorylle meets André Friedmann in Paris in 1935 and is drawn to his fierce dedication to justice, journalism, and the art of photography. Assuming new names, Gerda Taro and Robert Capa t...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Harper Perennial (first published 2009)
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Shamefully, I had no idea who Robert Capa and Gerda Taro were when I started this book, but I now feel possessive and proud and affectionate toward Gerda Taro and I dare anyone to read this and not feel the same. In 1935, Jewish refugees Gerda Pohorylle and André Friedmann meet in Paris; André is a photographer who books Gerda's friend as a model for advertising images. Gerda becomes interested in the art of photography; her friend predicts a romance.

The novel is told through Gerda Pohorylle (mo...more
The greatest love story ever told. The fiction of life, the work of art, and the immortality of influence. While Orwell fought and Hemmingway drank, Andre and Gerta opened the eyes of humanity.
Judith Starkston
Translation by Adriana V. Lopez

Waiting for Robert Capa is both a puzzling book and an alluring one. It contains gorgeous, vivid descriptions of life in Paris and Spain in the ‘30s. It has long philosophical musings on war and refugees and love and memory, which I found deeply compelling and thought provoking. The portrayal of the Spanish Civil War with its intellectuals and artists as well as its armies was tragic and moving. What I was never persuaded of was that this is a novel rather than a s...more
A lyrical, poetic prose homage to the first female war photo-journalist. Gerda Taro as she renamed herself, was the first women to die pursuing this role. Robert Capa was a name also invented by Gerda for business reasons and has become iconic. Their relationship is the primary story line set during the turbulent era that culminates in this book during the Spanish Civil war between the Republicans and Franco's Fascists.

I read the first third of this book in one sitting. It is captivating for a...more
Not what I expected.

I had trouble getting into this book, especially in the beginning. In the spirit of full disclosure, I was having a bit of Book ADD at the time I was reading this book, so my inability to become immersed in it may not have been the fault of Susana Fortes. I take much of the blame, and offer my apologies to Ms. Fortes.

That being said, the writing was not as compelling as the story itself - does that make sense? All the elements of a wonderful war-torn love affair were there -...more
Nina Rapsodia
Jun 20, 2014 Nina Rapsodia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: Bicheando en la biblioteca
Shelves: 2013, no-propios
Mi historia con este libro es curiosa. Lo descubrí a principios de este año cuando brujeaba en la ronda habitual a mi biblioteca universitaria. Pero por mi gran gana de prestar más libros de los que tengo tiempo de leer, tuve que devolverlo. Tiempo después volví a llevármelo para ahora si leerlo si o si. Me he sentido identificada. He llorado. He reído. Me ha encantado.

Esta es la historia de una reportera. Gerta Pohorylle, una de los miles de refugiados que llegaron a París de años años 30. Una...more
Waiting for Robert Capa is the story of photojournalists Andre Friedmann and Gerta Pohorylle, who later assume their more well known aliases, Robert Capa and Gerda Taro. Both are Jewish; Taro had relocated to Paris from Germany due to the Nazi regime and impending persecution of the Jews. There, she meets Capa and begins a business relationship with him that leads to a romantic companionship that extends into the Spanish Civil War until her death.

The premise of Waiting for Robert Capa captured m...more
I’m not a lover of love stories, and this was no different in the sense that at times I was ready to skip ahead, notably at the sex scenes (I have no problem with them if they add something, but while some of these had a reason for being there, I don’t feel many of them did) and some of the descriptions of how they felt.

That said, the descriptions in general in the book are wonderful, and so well suited to a book about photographs, which we cannot see but must imagine, and a time period/places b...more
I read this due to these real people appearing in the book The Perfume Garden. This is written in translation from the Spanish and reads at times like a documentary account of the two photographers Robert Capa and Gerda Taro. It is factual and detached from the actual war in some way - whilst telling you all about it. It has no sentimentality.

I found the account of the 2 characters detailed and interesting but this lacked somewhat for me as it switched from being a documentary account to a novel...more
Trocha historie nikoho nezabije. Tentokrát se jedná o historii trochu okrajovější - válečná fotografie, španělská občanská válka. Od krátkého příběhu nelze očekávat hluboký historický exkurz, ale úplným laikům to trochu otevře další obzory a znalci se setkají s hvězdou oboru z trochu jiného pohledu, než jaký přinášejí encyklopedie a oficiální životopisy.
Kdybych byla fanoušek novinářské fotografie, tak dám těch hvězdiček určitě víc. Spisovatelsky to žádnou velkou hodnotu nemá, příběh jako takový...more
Ohhhh....beautifully and refreshingly true, raw, haunting. As Fortes wrote in her Author's Note, "there is a part of me that will forever remain in those violent war years of bombarded dreams in which Gerda Taro awoke tender and in pajamas." Perfectly gorgeous writing that never drops you from its spell. Yes.
This book looks like it will be one of those released to great critical acclaim, and translated for the big screen which I imagine will make a good film. However I found myself struggling to finish this book. For the plot please take a look at the description above.

I'm interested in photography but have to admit I hadn't heard of these photographers before so I wasn't sure how much of the book was a biography and how much was fictionalised. I read it expecting something that would be almost a h...more
I’m not sure if I was just not in the right mood for this book or if it just wasn’t the type of book for me in general, but I could not get attached to the characters, nor the plot. This is surprising given that I am a hobbyist photographer and have an interest in war stories. The descriptions of Paris and Spain didn’t even ring deep for me. The romance between Gerta and Andre was a roller coaster ride but the novel left out enough detail that I had a hard time following along. It felt like chun...more
**Waiting for Robert Capa will be released Oct. 1, 2011 by HarperCollins**

Overall Rating: 3.3/5
PROS: WWII; historical fiction; tragic love story; sad endings (eff, sad ending always get to me)
CONS: Is this really a fiction novel, cuz it reads like non-fiction half of the time; the last line killed my entire mood; the relationship between the two characters sort of drained me
Future Movie Prospects?: Movie has already been set to be adapted by award-winning director Michael Mann (“Ali”, “Collatera...more
Gerda Taro was a pearl with no oyster in which to enfold herself.

She's the one "Waiting for Robert Capa," a Hungarian photographer named Andre who she coddled, loved, and turned into an international artistic product.

Taro herself was one of those strong and independent women in a time when her gender was allowed no such prerogative and those who chose to exercise it were left on the vine to dry and die.

"Waiting for Robert Capa," is the story of their brief, youthful, and productive love affair....more

С 1955 года пресс-клуб США ежегодно вручает фотожурналистам престижную «Золотую медаль Роберта Капы» за лучшие фоторепортажи, сделанные с риском для жизни (очень часто – с фронтов многочисленных горячих точек нашей планеты). Годом ранее основоположник военной фотожурналистики Роберт Капа погиб во Вьетнаме в самом конце Индокитайской войны, подорвавшись на мине.

Наверное каждый так или иначе сталкивался с его военными снимками, не задумываясь об их авторстве возможно, ибо в наше время они стали по...more
José Luis Calvillo
Es excepcional que me decida por la lectura de autores todavía escasamente conocidos de novela histórica, no porque el subgénero literario no me atraiga sino porque habitualmente termino con el regusto de que no ha merecido la pena. Frecuentemente, al final, lo leído no acaba de ser una novela, tampoco una narración histórica y todo queda en un híbrido: “un quiero y no puedo”. Se promete la recreación de personajes de otro tiempo y se ofrece solo la epidermis descriptiva de unos hechos histórico...more
Agnes Franczia
This was a book I was looking forward to read for such a long time that it would have been an utter disappointment if it turned out to be not worth the wait. Fortunately, this was not the case. :)
As I heard, a lot of people started reading this book without any knowledge of Capa or the times he was working in or anything at all really. Well, I'm Hungarian and I was always fascinated by his work (even though I have never been a photography expert myself) and I also feel myself drawn to this era (...more
Valentina Hepburn
A very intriguing true story about a German refugee, Gerta Taro and a Hungarian exile, Endre Friedmann. The story begins in 1935 Paris. They're both Jews, both artists in photo-journalism. So they are able to sell their photographs of the Spanish Civil War they invent a persona, Robert Capa. This a unique story, in essence a love story, beautifully written, not always easy to read, but a book worth exploring.
Francesca Barontini
Tre stelle e mezzo, questo sarebbe stato il giudizio corretto se avessi potuto. Non un capolavoro da quattro stelle, ma sicuramente una bella scrittura e sopratutto un buon lavoro fatto sopra un personaggio purtroppo poco conosciuto come Gerda Taro. Il libro va letto avendo a portata di mano le foto sia della Taro che di Capa che degli altri famosi fotografi dell'epoca. Viene voglia di approfondire e questo è sicuramente un merito.
Cheryl Lynn
I have read a book or 2 about Robert Capa and the other media bohemians of his time. They were a strong, driven group ...took dangerous chances with their lives....Capa did lose his life in Vietnam..... Taking photos there under "the American War" , as it was called in Vietnam.

Never a boring moment was to be tolerated...action all the way..in many forms....
This was a beautiful book, wonderfully written and very sad. It was the story of a great love between two talented people: Gerda Taro and Robert Capa (born Endre Friedmann). They meet in Paris in 1935 and become the first couple to photograph the Spanish Civil War. Gerda was killed after the Battle of Brunete in Julyl 1937. For a few brief years, they were a golden couple. Capa went on to become a celebrated war photographer and captured the horrors of battlefields across Europe. The writing is...more
I think it's a good story, and I'm glad I now know about these two amazing and brave photojournalists, but (for me) the book was tedious in some places. I don't normally read war/romance genre and I admit I was intrigued by listening to Alt J's 'Awesome Wave' and the lyrics, and decided to read the book. Although I only give it a 3-4 I think it's worth reading. It gives a good mental picture of what it was like to be wandering around in the midst of all the madness and chaos, and it preserves th...more
Louis-ferdinand Goffin
This book is just a vortex, like was Europe during this tragic Spanish prelude to WWII. Impossible to keep away.
I am fairly sure that my problem with this book lies in the translation - it is far too literal and because of this, the narrative is extremely disjointed and spiky. Perhaps some of this disjointedness is in the original but the translation has made it more pronounced and I managed to complete just three chapters before saying - enough is enough, there are far too many good books to be read on my reading list for me to waste anymore time on this book which seems to me to be in desperate need of...more
I can admit that I'm a Robert Capa fangirl. After watching a documentary about his life in a high school photo class, and crying my eyes out, I became obsessed with Capa's fearless work as a war photographer. That being said, I think if you don't know the real-life story, certain aspects (referencing Capa's death, covering one more war) can be a bit of a head-scratcher.
I loves the story and hope that it made people look further into Gerda and Robert's lives.
I am familiar with the photographic work and relationship of Robert Capa and Gerda Taro but a fictionalized account of their careers does not do them justice. Fortes is a decent writer but tends to use sophomoric tactics in her writing to keep the reader interested (name-dropping; sex scenes) but these were the most tedious - not titillating - elements in the book. I'll stick to non-fiction next time if I want to learn more about Capa and Taro.
ecrit par une femme....ca m'a un peu fatiguee de lire les passages semiporno des relations sexuelles de la photographe Taro et de Robert Capa. Interessant autrement pour ce reportage de la guerre espagnole dont je ne sais malheureusement pas grand chose. Je me suis forcee a le finir car je me suis dit que la BO choisit toujours des livres qui en valent le coup. Je ne suis toujours pas convaincue que ce livre soit le meilleur de leur selection
I bought this at Dymocks in Sydney and read it in one day. Robert Capa is one of my favorite photographers and biographical characters. Having read his auto-biography and the biography BLOOD & CHAMPAGNE this was a fantastic fictional telling of the love of Robert and Gerta and the part of history that brought them together and tore them apart. I read it in one flight from Sydney to Perth.
Dec 31, 2011 Kate rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: the library bookshelf
The writing was not so good; the story was not so developed; the pages took forever to get through; but the real life folks that she was writing about were unknown to me before this book and interesting enough to wikipedia and then google and then look for other books about them. So, if they were able to shine through these pages, they must be fascinating.
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Susana Fortes (Pontevedra, Spain, 1959) graduated in Geography and History at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, and in American History from the Universidad de Barcelona. She has recently spent time in the USA, combining teaching Spanish in Louisiana and participating in university conferences at the Universidad Interestatal de San Francisco. She currently teaches at a secondary school in...more
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