Adventures of an Innocent in the Spanish Civil War (Signed copy)
Signed by Antonio Candela
First edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 21.5 × 14cm, 222pp.
This copy has been signed directly to the title page by Antonio Candela.
From the dustwrapper, "One inky black night in November 1939, Antonio Candela stumbled over a Pyrenean mountain ridge to freedom in France. He had survived the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, a 600km half-starved trek and imprisonment in a Fascist labour camp. He had been born into a poor peasant family in Extremadura, Spain in 1916. He never received any formal education. When Fascist rebel troops suddenly invaded Spain in July 1936, the war caught him entirely by surprise in the ancient city of Badajoz. It was only by a miracle that he escaped the atrocities and massacre there. He sought refuge with the Republicans, and joined them in the people's struggle to defend the Spanish government. He fought in many famous battles, and began to learn how to read and write while in the trenches. Soon he began to understand the political complexities of his country that were the causes of injustices, brutal repression and abject poverty. He had entered the war as an illiterate labourer and emerged enlightened, frustrated and indignant. Memory of the Spanish Civil War still brings back the tragic horrors of the human butchery which the author has witnessed. He was persuaded by his family to write about his experiences. This is his own account of those three years; a unique true story of the ordinary Spanish people's struggle to survive the feudal rigours in their country. The book differs from others about the Spanish Civil War in that they have been written by historians and intellectuals with strong political views. This fascinating narrative will be much in demand by those eager to know more about Spain and what took place in that conflict which proved to be a rehearsal for the Second World War."
The book itself is in very good condition, the dustwrapper is a little worn to the edges but is now within a protective sleeve and has not been price-clipped.