Manuel Chaves Nogales

El maestro Juan Martínez que estaba allí

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My edition is by Libros del Asteroide publishers. Very neat (as much as expensive).

Chaves Nogales is considered by some the greatest journalist writer from Spain, after Larra. It may be true. This is the first book I read by him and it's simpy great. It's a novel, but only in format. His stlye is informative, full of action and to the point; plain and simple journalistic style, no fooling around with and no political partisanship: The narrator wants to tell us what he's seen, more than what he's felt. This is key.

I came up with this writer following Josep Pla's chronicles of the Second Republic in Spain, a wonderful way to learn history as it developed; and also Julio Camba's little journalistic style books of the same era. The three of them (plus another) have been compiled together into one immense tome titled: Four Histories of the Second Republic. I love their writing styles, there's no way one can get bored or sleepy. It's like a machine gun shooting into your mind fresh images of daily life in the cities and towns of our troubled political scene (in Spain).

The story's protagonist really existed. He told his friend (the author) about his travels over Europe and in Russia during the Commies' revolution. Chaves Nogales put them together in this book. The traveller is a flamenco artist and guitarist. He travels give us the chance to see what was going on (really) in those critical years, from the point of view of a common middle class man. It's delicious, worth the price I paid.

It's great to read a book about the Bolshevik revolution that is not a history or political study, but is accurate and also a literary gem.


"Es cierto que el Romano es libre de hacer todo lo que quiera. Pero también lo es que tiene que soportar las consecuencias de sus actos. No importa que se haya equivocado, que le hayan engañado o incluso forzado: un hombre no se deja forzar: etiamsi coactus, attamen voluit. Es libre; pero si distraído, imprudente o atontado, prometió pagar una determinada cantidad y no puede pagarla, se convierte en esclavo de su acreedor."

Rudolph von Ihering

“Slavery, protection, and monopoly find defenders, not only in those who profit by them, but in those who suffer by them.”

Frédéric Bastiat

On the true nature of the Castro Revolution in Cuba: "The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti -In the Pirate's Den

La anarquía, es decir, la ausencia de fuerza estatal, no es una forma de Estado, y cualquiera que acabe con ella por el medio que sea, el usurpador nacional o el conquistador extranjero, rinde un servicio a la sociedad. Es un salvador, un bienhechor, porque la forma más insoportable de Estado es la ausencia de Estado.


Rudolph von Ihering

"El envidioso está afligido no solo por sus males propios, sino por los bienes de los demás."  -Hipias

[la norma de conducta de los progres] "No hacer nada que alguien pueda envidiarme." -Hipasos

NINOTCHKA,

O EL DISCRETO DESENCANTO CON EL SOCIALISMO 

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Seguimos a la espera de la reedición de este importante libro del gran escritor español José Pla

Historia de la Segunda República.

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También a la espera de este importante libro del genial Rafael Abella.

Finales de enero, 1939, Barcelona cambia de piel

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