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Field of Honour (El laberinto mágico #1)

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A contemporary of Lorca and Buñuel in Spain’s Second Republic, Max Aub escaped into a life of exile after General Franco seized Barcelona. His masterpiece, acknowledged in Spain as one of the best accounts of the Spanish Civil War, is the five-novel cycle known as The Magic Labyrinth—never before translated into English. A playwright as well as a novelist, he brings the pe ...more
Hardcover, 253 pages
Published September 7th 2009 by Verso (first published 1943)
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Lee Razer
Aug 01, 2013 added it
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Abandoned after 60 pages. Reads like someone in a manic state frenetically telling you in painstaking detail about something you have absolutely no familiarity with. Place names, people, events go quickly skipping by, leaving me unenlightened about anything. A glance ahead gives me no belief this changes, so, ah well.

Beware the translator's warning, I suppose: "The book has been a challenge for the translator and will be a challenge to the reader... Readers new to all this will be disorientated
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reconociendo maestría en el estilo de Aub, la lectura de Campo Cerrado supone un reto léxico agotador y un auténtico escollo para su disfrute (quizá haga las delicias de espíritus más filológicos que el mío). A esto hay que añadir el pretendido uso arcaizante del lenguage que no deja de poner distancia a la historia. Por otra parte, la profusión de personajes y escenas hace que la narracion sea confusa y quede muy fragmentada a partir de la llegada del protagonista a Barcelona.

No me han entrado
Geoffrey Gates
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Field of Honour was written by Max Aub in exile in Paris, May to August 1939, and published in Mexico in 1943. Between the writing and the publication – the author’s internment by the French and deportation to a Concentration Camp in Algeria.
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I wasn't overly impressed with this book. I found it to be quite garbled and confused. I think this is due to much of the story being told in dialogue and because of that context is loss through a lack of narration. What I'd say the book does do well is give a vivid sense of time and place in history. It's also really weird how much time the book dedicates to the main character masturbating.
Rocco Carella
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a spare, modern and genial writing Max Aub describes the dawn of the spanish civil war in Barcellona, a violent and dangerous city in those years, where events related to Rafael Serrador represent as often revolution is in the reality far from ideals.
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Max Aub Mohrenwitz was a Spanish experimentalist novelist, playwright and literary critic. In 1965 he founded the literary periodical Los Sesenta (the Sixties), with editors that included the poets Jorge Guillén and Rafael Alberti.
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