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Line of Fire

Hosted by the Consul of the Seville Book Group
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Thu 17 Feb 13:30 - 15:00

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Linea de Fuego by Arturo Perez-Reverte is about the Spanish Civil War - or rather, about a fictitious episode of the war, ten days of fighting on the edge of the Battle of the Ebro. The units and all the characters involved (all but one) are fictitious, but based on real units and characters as described in real-life accounts by combatants on both sides.

The book describes combat from the point of view of the individual soldier and does not deal with tactics or strategy, or with the political background of the war, unless they have a direct impact on the emotions and actions of the fighting men and women. The year is Protected content , when the reality of war has shaped the emotions and characters of the fighters beyond their initial reasons for being there.

The author's father and uncle volunteered to fight for the Republic (when they were 18 and16 years ld respectively), but the book looks at men and women from both sides, primarily as individuals rather as members of this o that political formation - especially since many of them were conscripted and were not volunteers. Even so, the book raises many questions - about how the motivations of fighting men and women are shaped by their backgrounds, by events and by chance.