Hell and Good Company: 3 of 4: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made by Richard Rhodes.


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Photo: Image from page 132 of "Things seen in Spain. With fifty illus" (1921)

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Title: Things seen in Spain. With fifty illus

Year: 1921 (1920s)

Authors: Hartley, C. Gasquoine (Catherine Gasquoine), 1867-1928


Publisher: London : Seely, Service

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n in Spain woman did not understand payment forhospitality. But it is during the days of festival atEaster and the Feria that the fine hospitalityof the Sevillians is seen at its best. Thehouses are filled to overflowing, and hospi-tality is taxed to a degree that only themost perfect courtesy and good-nature couldendure. Every comer is received with achorus of welcome, and embraced like abrother. Beds are surrendered, even sofasare given up, and as fresh strangers arrive,unable to gain accommodation in the crowdedinns, mattresses, pillows, and rugs are broughtout of cupboards, and beds are made uponthe floor. All the members of the family,and even the tired servants, who are alwaysjoyously ready to help, sit up, because thereis literally noichere for them to sleep. Thedifficulty of obtaining provisions in theseseasons of festivity is very great: the butchercannot provide meat; even bread is hard tobuy. But the senora of the house is nevertroubled ; she tells you her woes, and then126

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Steieo Copyright, Lluiei-wooa lir 6. London iir Aew io;;^ LAS PLANCHADORAS (lAL NDRESSEs) AT WORK, SEVILLE. In no country is laundry work done better than in Spain. The washing ofthe clothes is done in the rivers. The plancJiado7-as invariably appear to behappy. They sing at their work or talk with one another. Town Life in Spain goes smiling to fry calientes and prepareother delicacies for the refreshment of herguests. The constant Spanish courtesy neverfails, and the foreigner who happily chancesamong this crowded joyous party can butwonder. 129 CHAPTER IV TOWN LIFE IN SPAIN {continued) Madrid : its Situation—The Old Town—Tlie Rastro—The New Town—Tlie Puerta del Sol—Cafes—The Aguadoras — The Prado Park — TheTheatre—Spanish Children—The Museums—The Picture-galleries. THE contrast is great from Seville toMadrid, which is less distinctly Spanishthan any city in the Peninsula. The royalcapital, established by the decree of Philip II.,has the appearance of an accide

Hell and Good Company: 3 of 4: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made by Richard Rhodes.


From the Pulitzer Prize–winning and bestselling author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb—the remarkable story of the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of the reporters, writers, artists, doctors, and nurses who witnessed it.

The Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) inspired and haunted an extraordinary number of exceptional artists and writers, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, and John Dos Passos. The idealism of the cause—defending democracy from fascism at a time when Europe was darkening toward another world war—and the brutality of the conflict drew from them some of their best work: Guernica, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Homage to Catalonia, The Spanish Earth.

The war spurred breakthroughs in military and medical technology as well. New aircraft, new weapons, new tactics and strategy all emerged in the intense Spanish conflict. Indiscriminate destruction raining from the sky became a dreaded reality for the first time. Progress also arose from the horror: the doctors and nurses who volunteered to serve with the Spanish defenders devised major advances in battlefield surgery and front-line blood transfusion. In those ways, and in many others, the Spanish Civil War served as a test bed for World War II, and for the entire twentieth century.

From the life of John James Audubon to the invention of the atomic bomb, readers have long relied on Richard Rhodes to explain, distill, and dramatize crucial moments in history. Now, he takes us into battlefields and bomb shelters, into the studios of artists, into the crowded wards of war hospitals, and into the hearts and minds of a rich cast of characters to show how the ideological, aesthetic, and technological developments that emerged in Spain changed the world forever.

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