Written in Red

9780252034695: Hardback
Release Date: 4th December 2009

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 272

Series Hispanisms

University of Illinois Press

Written in Red

The Communist Memoir in Spain

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Hardback / £39.00

&&LI&&Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:"Table Normal";mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-parent:"";mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0in;mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan;font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:#0400;mso-fareast-language:#0400;mso-bidi-language:#0400;}In this book, Gina Herrmann looks at the memoirs of six Spanish Communist writers to reveal the fascinating and often painful evolution of their politics from the beginning of the war through their long years of exile. While Spanish Communist authors initially shaped their identities and autobiographies along the lines of Soviet models, Herrmann shows how, with the recognition of Stalinism's betrayal of the Communist ideal, the writers increasingly came to experience those models as straitjackets unfit to contain the stories of their rich and difficult lives. The six writers studied--Dolores Ib\u00e1rruri, Mar\u00eda Teresa L\u00e9on, Rafael Alberti, Jorge Sempr\u00fan, and Teresa and Tom\u00e1s P\u00e0mies--devoted their lives to the cause of the revolution. Though they have told their separate stories, this book is the first to gather, compare, and interpret them within their historical and intellectual context and from a comparative perspective that takes into account recent developments in Soviet studies.

Gina Herrmann is an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Oregon.

"Herrmann is an accomplished writer who brings together scholars from many disciplines and leaves us with engaging questions about the relationship between literature and politics."--Hispania

"Spanning several decades of leftist literary production, this innovative, thought-provoking book underscores the cultural impact of, the Spanish Civil War, the International Brigades, Stalinism, the Czech purge, Rotspanier, the Marquis, and the Holocaust. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice

"A must-read for anyone interested in twentieth-century intellectual history."--Bulletin of Spanish Studies

"A brilliant analysis of the relationship between political commitment and activism, personal relations and affect."--The Volunteer