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Brigadistes: Lives for Liberty

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by Jordi Martí-Rueda, Translated by Mary Anne Newman

Pluto Press

3/20/2022, paperback

SKU: 9780745347127


Fanny Schoonhey was said to be the bravest woman in Barcelona. Felicia Browne decided it was time to put down her paintbrushes and pick up a rifle. The Nielsen brothers took three bicycles and pedalled from Copenhagen to the Pyrenees...

In 1936 something extraordinary happened. As the threat of fascism swept across the Iberian peninsula, thousands of people from all over the world left their families and jobs to heed the call - No Pasarán! History has never seen a wave of solidarity like it. The Spanish Civil War ended in 1939 with the Republic crushed, but the revolutionary dream of the International Brigades has never burnt out.

Through these 60 illustrated profiles, Brigadistes embroiders an epic story of political struggle with the everyday bravery, sorrow and love of those who lived it.

Foreword by Jordi Borràs i Abelló.


"An extraordinary book. Perceptively written, beautifully translated and accompanied by wonderful photographs, it brings us close to the heroism and sacrifices of those who risked their lives in the fight against fascism" - Paul Preston, author of 'The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution and Revenge'

"A real treasure that we can't stop exploring."- La Republica

About the Contributors:

Jordi Martí-Rueda is a historian specialising in the Spanish Civil War and International Brigades. His first book, Tocats pel vent: Cinc histories humanes de les Brigades Internacionals i la Guerra Civil, won the Liberisliber prize in 2015 for non-fiction.

Jordi Borràs i Abelló is a Catalan illustrator and photojournalist. He specialises in photography of the far right. His bestselling book of photos from the Catalan independence referendum Dies Que Duraran Anys (Days that will last years) was published in 2018.

Mary Ann Newman translates fiction, poetry and essays from Catalan and Spanish. She is a member of the PEN America Translation Committee and won the 2017 NACS Award for Outstanding Scholarship and the J.B. Cendrós Award (Òmnium Cultural) for her translation of Private Life by Josep Maria de Sagarra.