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To Live

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The story is set in the Spanish Civil War at a time when the tension between stalinists and anarchists – who were meant to be fighting together against Franco – erupted into armed conflict on the streets of Barcelona. / The narrative revolves around an actual event, the theft of twelve tanks, which leads to the classic set-up of two miss-matched investigators. In this case Vincente is the careful and conscientious chairman of a collectivised factory, Ramon is the young militant disillusioned with fighting at the front who becomes part of the movement for a second, more total revolution. / Another character, Carles, who works at the factory where the tanks were built, is drawn into the situation despite unresolved differences with his ageing father, a well-know anarchist activist. / The essence of the story is the simple reality of how people actually experienced these events. So, for example, Ramon, being illiterate, has to think fast when Pilar suggests a film with... More > subtitles for their first date.< Less
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  • By mick gpn
    Aug 17, 2011
    Review by - Professor Willy Maley, founder of the University of Glasgow's Creative Writing Programme. Also, son of James Maley, International Brigader, Spanish POW, and Communist Party member. // To Live, is a vivid account of a complex conflict that succeeds in rendering that complexity through subtle characterisation, convincing dialogue, and a deft narrative touch that never lets political agendas crowd out human passion, commitment and suffering. // The Spanish Civil War has inspired a significant body of imaginative writing, often partisan, always compelling, and Parkin’s work is a valuable addition to the canon, as lively and engaging as one would expect from an author steeped in the culture and history of Spain.
  • By mparkinson
    Jun 10, 2011
    To Live is a vivid account of a complex conflict that succeeds in rendering that complexity through subtle characterisation, convincing dialogue, and a deft narrative touch that never lets political agendas crowd out human passion, commitment and suffering. // The Spanish Civil War has inspired a significant body of imaginative writing, often partisan, always compelling, and Parkin’s work is a valuable addition to the canon, as lively and engaging as one would expect from an author steeped in the culture and history of Spain. // Professor Willy Maley, founder of the University of Glasgow's Creative Writing Programme // Also, son of James Maley – International Brigader, Spanish POW, and Communist Party member.
  • By Mick Parkin
    Apr 25, 2010
    Review from an Irish Magazine: For many people the 'civil war' within the Civil War that occurred in Spain between 1936-39 is a difficult business to understand. Not only were many different organisations involved, but it was set against the background of an even larger conflict that in itself was rife with brutality and betrayal. Although it appears at times to be an impossible quagmire to make sense of, Mick Parkin has succeeded admirably in his short novel, To Live. To Live does not waste a lot of time with detail - an achievement in itself given the large amount of information that is still conveyed to the reader thought dialogue and descriptions about situations and places. It moves swiftly between the main characters investigative work and their personal lives, giving the book the quality of a good, fast-moving read. One of Parkin's strengths is dialogue, and this is cleverly used to convey a sense of the debate that is raging about the future course of the revolution. The story... More > begins in late April 1937 and closes just as the main Telephone Exchange in Barcelona is attached by the Guardia Civil at the behest of Stalinist PSUC, and event that was to mark the end of revolution in Spain. In the interval we catch a glimpse of what life might possibly have been like for the many participants who struggle admirably during those days to change the course of history. What emerges is a world under siege, where the more far-sighted are able to see the dangers that are approaching but are unable to do what is needed to affect the necessary change. The story of the Spanish Civil War? Hardly so, but in some respects we do see another dimension to the struggle here, and that is useful. I wasn't too happy with the end, but this doesn't distract from what is a good book about a time we rarely see represented in fiction< Less
  • By mick mcalear
    Apr 25, 2010
    For many people the 'civil war' within the Civil War that occurred in Spain between 1936-39 is a difficult business to understand. Not only were many different organisations involved, but it was set against the background of an even larger conflict that in itself was rife with brutality and betrayal. Although it appears at times to be an impossible quagmire to make sense of, Mick Parkin has succeeded admirably in his short novel, To Live. To Live does not waste a lot of time with detail - an achievement in itself given the large amount of information that is still conveyed to the reader thought dialogue and descriptions about situations and places. It moves swiftly between the main characters investigative work and their personal lives, giving the book the quality of a good, fast-moving read. One of Parkin's strengths is dialogue, and this is cleverly used to convey a sense of the debate that is raging about the future course of the revolution. The story begins in late April 1937 and... More > closes just as the main Telephone Exchange in Barcelona is attached by the Guardia Civil at the behest of Stalinist PSUC, and event that was to mark the end of revolution in Spain. In the interval we catch a glimpse of what life might possibly have been like for the many participants who struggle admirably during those days to change the course of history. What emerges is a world under siege, where the more far-sighted are able to see the dangers that are approaching but are unable to do what is needed to affect the necessary change. The story of the Spanish Civil War? Hardly so, but in some respects we do see another dimension to the struggle here, and that is useful. I wasn't too happy with the end, but this doesn't distract from what is a good book about a time we rarely see represented in fiction< Less
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    Oct 15, 2009
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Published
September 29, 2011
Language
English
Pages
96
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