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In Place of Splendor: the Autobiography of a Spanish Woman

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Memoir of a society woman turned feminist activist and survivor in the Second Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War.
Hardcover, 433 pages
Published 1939 by Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc.
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Feb 03, 2015 Doria rated it it was ok
I had a mixed experience reading this book. On the one hand, it carries a great deal of weight, purporting to be a first hand account of life in Spain during and just prior to the Spanish Civil War. However, the extremism of the author's partisan spirit leads to serious omissions - most notably the fact that the anti-communist Republican Andreu Nin may have been tortured and killed in her home - and an overly rosy depiction of compromised public figures, such as Doctor Negrín. The rhetoric is un ...more
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Mar 03, 2015 Raul Ortega rated it it was amazing
Of the 2 dozen or so books about the Spanish Civil War which I have read this ranks up there with Orwell's Homage to Catalonia. A first person account by a woman not favorably mentioned by some other writers (see Antonio Barea, The Forging of a Rebel, and Hotel Florida: truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civil War by Amanda Vaill) or readers who found her writing to partisan. Life before the revolution in her aristocratic milleau and her curious eyes capture early 20th century Spain in a way t ...more
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