Hotel Florida

  • von Amanda Vaill
  • Sprecher: Christopher Kipiniak
  • 19 Std. 7 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


A spellbinding story of love amid the devastation of the Spanish Civil War.
Madrid, 1936. In a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe - a conflict one writer will call "the decisive thing of the century" - six people meet and find their lives changed forever. Ernest Hemingway, his career stalled, his marriage sour, hopes that this war will give him fresh material and new romance; Martha Gellhorn, an ambitious novice journalist hungry for love and experience, thinks she will find both with Hemingway in Spain. Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, idealistic young photographers based in Paris, want to capture history in the making and are inventing modern photojournalism in the process. And Arturo Barea, chief of Madrid's loyalist foreign press office, and Ilsa Kulcsar, his Austrian deputy, are struggling to balance truth-telling with loyalty to their sometimes compromised cause - a struggle that places both of them in peril.
Hotel Florida traces the tangled wartime destinies of these three couples against the backdrop of a critical moment in history. As Hemingway put it, "You could learn as much at the Hotel Florida in those years as you could anywhere in the world."
From the raw material of unpublished letters and diaries, official documents, and recovered reels of film, Amanda Vaill has created a narrative of love and reinvention that is, finally, a story about truth: finding it out, telling it, and living it - whatever the cost.


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Great historical panorama

Amanda Vaill did a great job to bind all these letters, notes and photographs into one catching story. Good to have a look at the Spanish civil war in details and in its meaning for the wars and tyrannies to come - but also very interesting are the personal human stories of the artists involved in it.
It is read in a clumsy way, every sentence is full of pauses, where there should be none - but it helped me to follow the text, as I am not an native speaker.
A shame that the producer did not care to instruct the narrator about the correct pronounciation of the German, French or Spanish names or quotes. e.g. the name of Joris Ivens he reads like "events".
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Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 28.05.2014
  • Verlag: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury