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This book is a facsimile reprint and may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages.
Paperback, 748 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published January 1st 1941)
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I lent this to an elderly couple and they thought it was rather brutal, but it covers Spanish history in the twentieth century - a brutal period - and it is written by an intelligent man who nevertheless accepts a lot of things about his culture. It is beautifully written and very well translated. I absolutely loved it.
Originally three books, "The Forge", "The Track", and "The Clash," Barea’s memoirs combined become a more sweeping and complete account of the politically legendary Spanish Civil War.

It is first though, an autobiography; a personal account of Spain through the eyes of a child who comes of age as a soldier, an intellectual, a worker, and a man. The writer also tells a story that is both beautiful and informative, poetically weaving the sights, sounds and smells of the lands he was raised, amid t
The Forging of a Rebel was always imagined by its Spanish author as a single ambitious work. However, it was first published in England, where Barea was living in exile, as three separate volumes: The Forge (1941), The Track (1943) and The Clash (1946). Arturo Barea’s hope was to present for European and American readers a personal, but pointedly Spanish view of the Spanish Civil War. Franco, a fascist on the Mussolini model and a ruthlessly competent military leader, accepted critical aid from ...more
Jonathan yates
The first 4/5s of this book are a very traditional coming of age story mixed with the politics of the time, very well written, very compelling and better than many because it explores more angles than many, the character is not always a socialist, he's in the army, he's friends with the "man" but as the story progresses he becomes a revolutionary
the last 1/5 of the book is amazing as it tears apart everything this man believes in, loves and leaves him more human than most writers will ever be
An astounding book. A coming of age story from a world that existed less than 100 years ago, but has completely disappeared. The true story of a smart and sensitive young man caught up in the historical forces that laid waste to Spain the 1930's. Rich with historical details, this book also reads like a wondrous tale of one boy's vividly remembered life and times. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Hacía mucho tiempo que quería leer esta obra. Creo que es una de las pocas novelas de la guerra civil escritas en su momento o en las primeras décadas posteriores que aún no había leído. Otra que quiero hincar el diente es Crónica del alba de R.J.Sénder. Además, como me perdí la adaptación televisiva no conozco el argumento y aún tengo la intriga de preguntarme qué va a pasar a continuación.
De momento sólo he leído la primera parte, "La forja", que se centra en la infancia y adolescencia de Artu
Iván Muñoz García
A surprising book. A masterpiece of historic novel mixed with auto-biography, The Forging Of A Rebel takes us to the lifestyle, customs, politics and wars of Spain from the beginning of the 20th century to 1939. This book is fresh, addictive and beautiful and, after more than 1000 pages you wish there would be another few thousands.
Jan 03, 2009 Richard rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Richard by: Michael Eaude
While visiting Madrid recently, I finished "The Forge," the first volume in this trilogy. I loved it. I would recommend it to anyone interested in what life was like for the poor in Spain prior to the Civil War. Barea writes brilliantly from the point of view of the child he was.
Jacinto  Lloret
La trilogía es una obra maestra.
a huge book in ideas, story telling ability, heartbreak of civil war, fascism, and capitalists. fairly rare book and i haven't been able to find the other two of this trilogy. a must must book for any Spanish civil war readers/scholars
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Arturo Barea nació en Badajoz el 20 de septiembre de 1897. Su padre trabajaba en el servicio de reclutamiento y murió a los 34 años. Su madre y hermanos se trasladaron a Madrid donde ella trabajó de lavandera. Barea fue educado al principio por unos tíos acomodados (su madre y hermanos siguieron con su vida humilde), pero al morir también el tío, dejó los estudios a los trece años. Trabajó de apre ...more
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