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Originally published in the late 1940s, and never before available in paperback in the United States, Arturo Barea's astonishing Spanish trilogy is both the autobiography of a man and the biography of a nation during the first four decades of the twentieth century, one of the most crucial periods in Spain's long history.

Arturo Barea was born into a poor family in Madrid in
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Paperback, 751 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Walker Books (first published January 1st 1941)
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Megan
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
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Rick
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Pippa
Nov 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
El Lector Enmascarado
Decir que hay que leer La forja de un rebelde para entender la Historia de España en el siglo XX es convertirlo —con la mejor de las intenciones— en un manual for dummies, algo que la trilogía de Barea está muy muy muy lejos de ser. Se trata de un ejercicio excepcional de autobiografía, pero de autobiografía social, como explica el autor en uno de los textos que abren Palabras recobradas. Lo que allí viene a decir es que no le interesaba recuperar cualquier tipo de anécdotas o de hechos más o me ...more
Armando Sousa
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creo que esta cajita de 3 tomos lleva acompañándome en cada mudanza de los últimos 10 años de mi vida. Me la compré en Barcelona, cuando trabajaba en la ya desaparecida Bertrand y coincidí con uno mítico librero catalán, tan famoso por sus conocimientos literarios como por su poca inteligencia emocional. El caso es que a raíz de una de las muchas conversaciones sobre la Guerra Civil en España, me recomendó la obra de Barea bajo la consigna de "la mejor novela sobre el tema". Después de haber leí ...more
Gurldoggie
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 in 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.
Jonathan yates
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Darío Luque Martínez
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reseñas
Yo creo que "La forja de un rebelde" no es una novela del exilio, es LA novela del exilio. La calidad de la escritura de Barea, tan nítida, tan accesible, tan consciente y poderosa, no tiene nada que envidiar a la de Max Aub, sin duda. La primera parte de la trilogía, "La forja", tiene mucho de aquellas autobiografías iniciáticas que también escribiría Rosa Chacel; la segunda y la tercera, en cambio, pueden leerse como la mejor literatura bélica e histórica de Louis-Ferdinand Céline.
Alberto Delgado
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastica trilogia para descubrir la españa de principios del siglo xx.
Andrew
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
A valuable book for what it has to say about 20th century Spain and their Civil War, but very long. And not quick-long, like a typically bloated Stephen King novel, but LONG-long. Plodding-long. Very plodding. Did I mention it's long and takes a while to read?

Arturo Barea was a Spaniard born to a low-class washerwoman around the turn of the 20th century, yet raised by a well-off uncle in a bourgeois Madrid environment, setting him up for a unique role as an outsider to both castes: too snobby fo
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Sergio
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish
Me ha encantado.
Jo (Llibresicactus)
No puedo creer que lo haya terminado. Que vaya a abandonar a Arturo e Ilsa. Que vaya a dejar de escuchar de su voz todo lo que pasó en esos años en que las aguas nunca dejaban de revolverse.
Siento que este libro va a quedarse muy dentro de mí para siempre. Y que volveré a él, probablemente más de una vez.

*A partir de aquí puede haber (y hay) SPOILERS*
El primer libro, La forja, habla de su vida hasta los 17 años en su Madrid natal y en los pueblos de sus padres donde veraneaba. El ardor con el qu
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Laura
Aug 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Osama A
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have many things to say about this wonderful book.

I grabbed what turned out to be a first edition book from a popular second hand bookstore in Sydney owned by a Marxist who passed away some years now. The title immediately pulled me in, and I grabbed it and purchased it without knowing who the author was or its specific contents.

If you are looking at understanding the mechanics of the Spanish Civil War then this book will come in handy only if you supplement it with other literature. On its ow
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Nacho Rivas_Flores
Relato descarnado y biográfico de la España de los años 20 y 30, hasta el final de la guerra civil. Arturo Barea, activo republicano y uno de los defensores de Madrid, desde el Ministerio de propaganda, hasta que se ve obligado a salir de España por las intrigas internas de la política de guerra, cuenta su historia dividida en 3 partes, que constituyen en sí, 3 libros independientes. El primero que cuenta su infancia, viviendo acogido en casa de los tíos ricos y con su madre sirviendo de criada ...more
Elaine Aldred
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Forging of a Rebel is a memoir by Spanish writer Arturo Barea comprising of three books, each representing different eras of his life. The Forge is about Barea’s childhood and coming of age, The Track, concerns the author’s involvement, while part of the Spanish army, in building a road in Morocco, and The Clash which details a journalist’s view of the Spanish Civil War.

Writing these days is about tight prose and beautifully crafted sentences. The writing in The Forging of a Rebel is very st
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M.E. Golesworthy
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant book for anybody who is interested in the Spanish Civil war. It's seen from a personal point of view and I personally wish I'd read it years ago. We meet Barea as a child, his beloved mother is a poor washer woman but he lives with his wealthy relatives and this creates in him a feeling of not belonging anywhere. We follow him through his life, army, marriage and political actions until we get to the outbreak of war and the horrors that came with that. His work as a censor at ...more
José Carlos
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recorramos junto al autor los años del principio del siglo XX en España. Entristeceremos ante la descarada corrupción de las élites que mantienen al pueblo en la ignorancia para servirse miserablemente de él. Después, con la República, una luz; pero rápidamente veremos que no podía florecer su semilla. Esas élites no lo iban a permitir.
Oscar Eslava
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sólo puedo resumirlo en una palabra: magistral.
Desde el cuadro del Madrid de principios del S.XX hasta las guerras africanistas y el relato íntimo de su vivencia durante la guerra civil, Barea tiene un estilo detallista pero fluido y siempre emocionante.
Un imprescindible de la novela en español del siglo XX.
anna
Jan 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Finally.
José Angel
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Desde hace tiempo tenía ganas de meterle mano a la autobiografía de Arturo Barea , hace tiempo vi la serie que hizo TVE y me gustó bastante.
Este libro que en realidad son 3 dá un recorrido a la España desde aproximadamente 1910 a 1939 y lo hace de forma áspera y bastante crítica retratando una España oscura, misera y corrupta.
Pasemos a comentar cada libro de forma muy resumida y sin hacer demasiados spoilers.

-1º- La forja: Comprende la etapa desde la infancia hasta la adolescencia, es el más co
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Ian Racey
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Barea wrote his autobiography as three separate books, and I’m unsure why they’re published in the US as a single volume. It makes them long. And not a quick, snappy long. A very long long. And thematically they’re each very different: first a nostalgic tale of growing up in poverty in a lost world of childhood, then a briefer account of his time as a conscript fighting the Moroccan tribes in the 1920s, and finally a brutal account of life in Madrid during its three-year siege in the Spanish Civ ...more
Joseph Spuckler
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, biography

A unique autobiography and history of early twentieth century Spain. The first of the three volume book, The Forge, covers the Arturo Barea's early life in Spain from 1905-1915. Part history and part biography this volume details life in Spain. In the second volume, The Track, Barea covers his years in the Rif War as Spain tries to hold on to its last colony. He sees this as the beginning of the fascist movement in Spain. The final volume, The Clash, covers the war in Spain and Barea's exile to
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Francisco Moreno
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
La forja- hasta los 17 años de Arturo. Muchos contrastes. El principal, ricos contra pobres. Pero también, escolapios frente a jesuitas. Obreros frente a chupatintas. Mujeres frente a hombres. El campo frente a la ciudad. Prosa simple, directa y cercana. Demasiados personajes. Me he perdido en ocasiones con los parentescos.

La ruta-tras regresar de la guerra de Marruecos, enfermo y desencantado, Arturo se aburguesa: se casa y tiene 4 hijos, trabaja en un despacho de patentes (¿Ungría?), tiene cie
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Sophie
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Compelling, efficient, poignant prose; Barea strips his language of inessentials, rids it of all traces of verbosity, embellishment and sentimentality, blatantly striving to be as honest as possible. He describes actions by using short, simple sentences with as little emotional rhetoric as possible; the resulting prose is concentrated, concrete and capable of conveying emotion and irony.

A captivating coming-of-age novel, ideal to anyone who is interested in the Spanish Civil War.

This copy was ki
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Fernando
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cambió mi perspectiva sobre muchas cosas, entre otras la política, es un libro fundamental en el sentido literal, además está escrito en un lenguaje sencillo y hermoso, de verdad ¿Por qué no se menciona en los colegios?
La historia de este hombre me atrapo, es la historia de todos nosotros
Guiomar
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leídos2020
Imprescindible.
Rafelmenmell
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me interesó más la segunda parte que las otras dos, que en realidad cuentan historias más conocidas. En algunos casos incluso demasiado manidas.
Pero en general es un buen libro
LBacall
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Es una MARAVILLA
Repix
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Obra maestra de la literatura del siglo XX.
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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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