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The Fifth Column and Four Stories Of the Spanish Civil War

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  776 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Featuring Hemingway's only full-length play, The Fifth Column and Four Stories of the Spanish Civil War brilliantly evokes the tumultuous Spain of the 1930s. These works, which grew from Hemingway's adventures as a newspaper correspondent in and around besieged Madrid, movingly portray the effects of war on soldiers, civilians, and the correspondents sent to cover it.
Paperback, 120 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Scribner (first published 1938)
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Carl Brush
Hemingway famously chronicled the Spanish Civil War (For Whom the Bell Tolls) being his most prominent work from the period.) Probably most Americans' knowledge of that conflict comes as much from him as from history texts, since the whole thing got pretty much drowned out by WWII. I've reviewed a few of Rebecca Pawel's novels of the period, which has added to my own knowledge, and I have friends with relatives who actually joined the Lincoln Brigade, a group of American volunteers who went over ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Butterfly and the tank, Ernest Hemingway
عنوان: پروانه و تانک؛ نویسنده: ارنست همینگوی؛ مترجم: رضا قیصریه، انتشارات فاریاب؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، فاریاب، 1364، در 156 ص، موضوع: داستان جنگهای داخلی اسپانیا از 1936 تا 1939 میلادی
چهار داستان کوتاه درباره ی جنگ داخلی اسپانیا است . خبرچینی، پروانه و تانک، شب قبل از نبرد، در زیر ستیغ

Tim Weed
In his writings during and after the Spanish Civil War, Hemingway was processing his experiences and looking for new inspiration. Most of the stories from this period take place in and around Chicote’s, which still exists on Gran Via, and which was, at the time, the place to go in Madrid.

“The Fifth Column” is a minor but amusing effort, a stage drama in which an American spy has a flirtation with a tall blonde journalist in the war-assaulted Hotel Florida. “The Butterfly and the Tank” recounts a
What the play,The Fifth Column, has in common with the four stories is not artistry, though it is not bad, just not as good as the stories, is a focus on how war, particularly civil war, leads to abuses in the name of loyalty or for sectarian political gain. During the civil war Hemingway was beyond loath to mention such things—he took the party line that abuses were regrettable but unavoidable and that discussing them, as his more morally centered friend John Dos Passos did, was a threat to the ...more
Carles Fabrego-Vinyeta
Obra de teatre ambientada en un hotel a Madrid durant el setge dels nacionals, al 1936. En realitat és un petit drama amorós plè d' alcohol, discussions, espionatge, complots i amb una banda sonora a base de trets, bombes i avions. Un Hemingway en estat pur, diàlegs crus, impactants, durs que expliquen mes dels personatges del que pugui fer-ho cap narrador. El protagonista és un home allistat a les BI, bevedor, carregat de dubtes morals i afectat de bruscos canvis d'humor. No costa gaire veure q ...more
As others have already mentioned Hemingway's play The Fifth Column was somewhat disappointing but the short stories were interesting. I particularly enjoyed Night Before Battle and Under the Ridge. However I'm not much of a fan of the short story on the whole. And although I enjoyed these short stories and love Hemingway's elegant simple prose style, the combination of the two leaves these stories somewhat lacking. Hemingway is at his evocative and emotive best when there is ample space to devel ...more
"The Fifth column" is a play and I wasn't enamored of it. Plays are not for reading anyway. The four short stories are quite good. Probably 4 stars for the stories, and 2 stars for the play.
Elena Calvo
I have just finished this drama written by Hemingway and I have really liked it. It might be true that characters seem plain, specially women, and it might seem a quite simple play, but the truth is that it isn't. Hemingway captured the real essence of such a moment like a civil war, the daily routine of average people and journalists and the ones taking place in the espionage and counter-espionage plot. Everything seen mainly through the eyes and words of Philip, the one that helps us together ...more
Jeroen Bernaer
Ernest Hemingway is vooral bekend als schrijver van vaak meesterlijke romans en kortverhalen. Dat hij zich ook één keer waagde aan toneel, is minder bekend. Amusant en degelijk is The Fifth Column wel, maar ophefmakend of memorabel? Nee, dat niet.

Twee aangrenzende hotelkamers in een hotel in het belegerde Madrid tijdens de Spaanse Burgeroorlog. Dat is de hoofdsetting voor The Fifth Column. Twee verschillende werelden blijken het, alleen met elkaar verbonden via een tussendeur. In de ene kamer Do
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داستان اول، «خبرچيني»، داستان كافهي چيكوته است كه پاتوق خيلي از «آدمهاي باصفا» است «و از آنجا كه آدمهاي واقعاً باصفا معمولاً شجاعتر هم هستند، و شجاعترها زودتر كشته ميشوند، عدهي زيادي از مشتريهاي قديمي چيكوته حالا مردهاند.» تمام داستان حول «شخصيت» همين بار ميگردد؛ تمام مشتريان بار عاشق آنجا هستند و آنجا را بهترين بار دنيا يا دستكم يكي از بهترينها ميدانند.
اسپانيا درگير جنگ داخلي ميان طرفداران ژنرال فرانكو و طرفداران دولت ضدفاشيست است. بار چيكوته در مادريد است كه در دست نيروهاي دولت است. در اين ميا
The Fifth Column and Four Stories is a Hemingway collection published in 1969 by Mary Hemingway after her husband’s suicide. It includes Hemingway’s only play, which had been published previously in 1938, and four short stories that he wrote while in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War.

They (both play and stories), given their themes, might be considered creative foreshadows to For Whom the Bell Tolls. But beyond that timing, they are Hemingway’s first-hand descriptions of what life might have b
Douglass Gaking
Hemingway's only full-length play, The Fifth Column is characteristic Hemingway. The dialogue is witty, the characters flawed but true. It is full of one-liners that are funny and quotable. It also gives a glimpse of the lives of those mixed up in the middle of the Spanish Civil War. It is nothing spectacular, but it is short and sweet, like this review, and worth adding to your summer reading list.
Matthew Offner
Wonderfully written play; it seemed that many were disappointed with the lack of plot and character development, however I was entertained with the quality and wit that is Hemingway's writing, as well as his ability to capture an authentic glimpse of the daily civilian struggles during the Spanish Civil War, set in Madrid. If you have read EH before, the two main characters Philip and Bridges are no strangers. They embody the vanity and self-loathing that Hemingway characters almost always seem ...more
Hemingway, Ernest. THE FIFTH COLUMN: A PLAY. (1937). ***.
Hemingway’s only full-length play, set in Madrid, attempts to show the effects of war on diverse functionaries stationed in the city during hostilities. Lots of characters and lots of scene changes fail to keep the action moving forward. The various groups of soldiers, civilians, and correspondents in the play are mostly stock characters from central casting without any real depth. I found the play ultimately disappointing.
Hemingway 's only full length play was a disappointment. But the other 4 stories in this collection made the book worth reading. Set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, all the stories are set in a pub called Chicotes which apparently still exists in Madrid. Hemingway dwells on his usual themes such as the futility of war, its absurdness and the flimsiness of ideology in the face of sudden death. Probably one of the most astute voices to have immortalized the Spanish civil war.
You wish it had fleshed out more of the stories.
My only complaint was not against this book but my education--I wish I had known more about the Spanish Civil war before reading. But I will probably read this one again--which is rare for me, I enjoyed it that much. The stories are very engaging and the play has great characterization. I would like to see it performed someday.
I think I stole this from a bookstore lol
I was pretty much a kleptomaniac when I was in high school, and this book came in a pocket size so yeah haha
Too bad the book wasn't that good (guess there IS a price to pay)
Hemingway's sense of journalism still feels so strong even in a play like this.
anyone with the misfortune of talking to me at a party in the last three to seven years already knows how i think this is the apex of hemingway. for whatever reason, nobody has agreed, and I'm sure there are a few suitable Wilde quotes I'm forgetting about boorish behavior at parties.
جنگ داخلی اسپانیا دست مایه ی بسیاری از نویسندگان آزادی خواه شده. در این مجموعه داستان همینگوی به زیرکی هرچه تمام تر و بدون موضع گیری آشکار سوالات فراوانی را علیه هرگونه خشونت انسانی حتا با شعار آزادی خواهی مطرح نموده است...
از همه تاثیرگذار تر برای من خود داستان پروانه و تانک است که ...
J. Dana
The play, Hemingway's only full length drama, is a disappointment -- Hemingway at his most self-aggrandizing, most misogynistic, most moralizing. I've read that he was disappointed with it. So was I. The short stories buoy the collection, but even they feel a bit phoned-in at points.
Sally Atwell Williams
The short stories were readable, all concerning the journalist's time spent in Spain during the Civil War, which Hemingway himself did. However, the play and the title of the book was terrible, and I stopped reading it. I don't find Hemingway by any stretch, a playwright.
Jun 04, 2015 Nicole marked it as abgebrochen  ·  review of another edition
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wasn't really my cup of tea and the ending was quite disappointing.
But it's still Hemingway and I love his was of writing and the way he uses and describes his scenes in this book is just great.
Widely recognized as horrible and I have to agree. I only read this while studying Martha Gellhorn (Hemingway paints an unflattering picture of his ex-wife as "Dorothy").
Not Hemingway's best, but a good read just the same. It probably has more appeal to people who have an interest in the media, war reporting, and the '30s.
honestly mem
The edition I own consists solely of The Fifth Column, but alas, there does not appear to be a listing for it independent of this particular edition.
Apr 26, 2007 Joshua rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Have Read Everything Else Hemingway Has Ever Written.
Shelves: europe, war, fiction
Not his best, or even his best about the Spanish Civil War. I probably should have just re-read For Whom The Bell Tolls
Covering the Mint Theatre Company production of this play in April. I had no idea Hemingway even wrote plays.
Hemingway most certainly has a way with depicting the toll and strain of war and battle.
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Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collec ...more
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“He died, as the Spanish phrase has it, full of illusions. He had not had time in his life to lose any of them, nor even, at the end, to complete an act of contrition. He had not even had time to be disappointed in the Garbo picture which disappointed all Madrid for a week."

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