Spanish Civil War Reading List

By Charles Lee

By Charles Lee

A fascinating and devastating conflict, the Spanish Civil War was in many ways the Second World War's opening act. Followed by decades of oppressive dictatorship and silence, from that conflict has come some of the greatest fiction and non-fiction of the last century.

Death in Spring

Merce Rodoreda

$13.95 $12.83

Not directly about the war, but the war is instead a metaphor, a backdrop for a space defined by violence. A truly stunning novel from one of Catalonia's most treasured authors

War, So Much War

Merce Rodoreda

$13.95 $12.83

Another Rodoreda, and one that is more directly about the conflict itself, as well as its legacy, particularly for those exiled as a result.

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Adam Hochschild

$16.99 $15.63

A well-written history of the Lincoln Brigade's involvement in the conflict

A Farewell to Arms

Ernest Hemingway

$17.00 $15.64

The book by Hemingway that people who don't really like Hemingway typically like

Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War

Amanda Vaill

$20.00 $18.00

A Casablanca-esque meeting place bringing together all sorts beneath the bombs.

Homage to Catalonia / Down and Out in Paris and London

George Orwell

$22.00 $19.80

A touching elegy to bravery and an astute analysis of what went wrong by one of Britain's greatest writers, based on Orwell's time fighting in Spain

The Girl with the Leica: Based on the True Story of the Woman Behind the Name Robert Capa

Helena Janeczek

$18.00 $16.56

A fictional biography of Gerda Taro, one half of the pseudonym Robert Capa, and pioneer in war reporting and photo journalism

Lord of All the Dead: A Nonfiction Novel

Javier Cercas

$26.95 $24.26

The war's most felt legacy is from the pain of the silence that followed, but what if we addressed things instead?

Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun

Guillermo del Toro, Cornelia Funke, et al.

$19.99 $18.39

One of the few novelisations of a film that is really worth reading. Delightful and dark