Written in Red

Written in Red : The Communist Memoir in Spain

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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252034694
  • 9780252034695
  • 1,649,797

Review quote

"A brilliant analysis of the relationship between political commitment and activism, personal relations and affect."--The Volunteer "A must-read for anyone interested in twentieth-century intellectual history."--Bulletin of Spanish Studies "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."--Choiceshow more

About Gina Herrmann

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

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Preface: Written in Red; Introduction: The Subject of Communist Autobiography; 1 Dolores Ibarruri and the Mothering of the Party; 2 The Road to Consciousness: Youth and Conversion; 3 The War in Spain; 4 Exile and Left Melancholia: Maria Teresa Leon and Rafael Alberti; 5 Between Devotion and Disillusion: Jorge Semprun, Teresa Pamies and the Recovery of Communist Memory; Bibliography; Indexshow more