My book, The Breaking Point, has been freshly released in a fine new edition from Counterpoint Press. The book tells the story of how the Spanish Civil War, and especially the politically momentous murder of a man named Jose Robles, shattered the friendship of two of America’s great writers, Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos. It’s wonderful to have it back in circulation. To my surprise, when it first appeared, it was controversial, despite many positive reviews, including a lead review in The New Yorker by George Packer. I am told that in Spain the book is a cause celebre; that it has changed the common conception of the Spanish Civil War itself. Yet strangely, The Breaking Point has been resolutely ignored by the Hemingway establishment.
I have some thoughts about that, but they are for a later post.