The Spanish Tragedy (RLE Responding to Fascism)
By Jef Last
Routledge – 2010 – 284 pages
The Spanish Civil War was one of the pivotal events of the 1930’s, the moment when fascism and socialism came into open conflict. First published in 1939, The Spanish Tragedy recounts the experiences of Jef Last. Activist, poet and novelist, Last might have been the archetypal Republican volunteer but his experience left him even more disenchanted than most. Critical of Soviet Communism, a court martial loyal to Moscow tried to sentence him to death and he was forced to flee to Scandinavia.
1. Introduction 2. Foreigners 3. Behind the Front 4. Bergamin, Catholic and Revolutionary 5. University City 6. Frente de L’Estacion de Goya 7. Los Chicquetillos 8. Pajaro Negro (The Black Bird) 9. La Cosecha es Sagrada (The Harvest is Sacred) 10. On Leave 11. Goodbye to the Fouth Company 12. Anti-Fascist Writers 13. We Forge an Army 14. The Wounded 15. Vale 16. Retrospect