The Breaking Point: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and the Murder of Jose Robles
Stephen KochISBN: 1582432805;
Book DescriptionWhen John Dos Passos walked into Ernest Hemingway's room in the Florida Hotel in Madrid, the air was thick with tension. Hemingway was fuming; Dos Passos was caught off guard. They were there to witness the Spanish Civil War firsthand, but something more personal was going on: as Spain was unraveling thread by thread, so was their friendship. Dos Passos was widely regarded as the literary voice of America's new socially engaged generation-his face had been on the cover of Time the week the war broke out. And he had long considered Hemingway one of his best friends. Yet they were completely opposite in personality, with Dos Passos's calm temperament and mild manner standing in stark contrast to Hemingway's machismo. Dos Passos was probably oblivious even to Hemingway's envy of him-an envy that was soon to erupt into full-blown resentment. They had arrived in Spain as comrades, leftist writers-in-arms. But when Dos Passos went looking for his close friend...
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