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Forging of a Rebel - Arturo Barea's astonishing Spanish trilogy is both the autobiography of a man and the biography of a nation during the first four decades of the twentieth century, one of the most crucial periods in Spain's long history. Arturo Barea was born into a poor family in Madrid in 1897 and spent his early years moving between the social and economic worlds of his beloved and widowed mother and a well-to-do aunt. Spain had just lost the last of its rich colonial possessions and was bu by Arturo Barea

Report To Greco - The book recounts Kazantzakis' (author of Zorba the Greek, and The Last Temptation of Christ) life story from childhood on Crete to travels all over the Mediterranean and Europe, in the form of a deathbed report to one of his heroes, the Spanish Renaissance Cretan-expat painter known as 'El Greco'. Follow the development of Kazantzakis' life philosophy from ardent Orthodox Christianity, to Neitzsche, to Buddha, to Lenin, to his final stop at 'the Cretan Glance'. I have a friend who has cha by Nikos Kazantzakis

THE QUEST FOR CORVO An Experiment in Biography - One day in 1925 a friend asked A J A Symons if he had read Fr Rolfe's Hadrian the Seventh. He hadn't, but soon did, and found himself entranced by the novel - 'a masterpiece' - and no less fascinated by the mysterious person of its all-but-forgotten creator. The Quest for Corvo is a hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of the strange Frederick Rolfe, self -appointed Baron Corvo, an artist, writer, and frustrated aspirant to be priesthood with a bottomless tal by A. J. A. Symons

Memoirs of Montparnasse - Memoirs of Montparnasse is a delicious book about being young, restless, reckless, and without cares. It is also the best and liveliest of the many chronicles of 1920s Paris and the exploits of the lost generation. In 1928, nineteen-year-old John Glassco escaped Montreal and his overbearing father for the wilder shores of Montparnasse. He remained there until his money ran out and his health collapsed, and he enjoyed every minute of his stay. Remarkable for their candor and humor, by John Glassco

The Mottled Lizard by Elspeth Huxley

Papa Hemingway: A Personal Memoir - I've read a number of Hemingway biographies, but this is unquestionably the best. Hotchner only new Ernest for approximately the last 14 years of his life, so if you're looking for a comprehensive biography, try elsewhere (I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending any of the other Hemingway bios I've read). What Hotchner can give us is a portrait of Papa (Hemingway) from the perspective of a very close and dear friend (Hotchner hunted and travelled with Papa, helped edit a by A. E. Hotchner

West with the Night by Beryl Markham

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