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Waiting for Robert Capa
by Susana Fortes and Adriana V. Lopez


Overview - Susana Fortes offers a gorgeously written, English Patient -style novel about the real-life romance between two photojournalists furiously in love: Robert Capa and Gerda Taro. During the Spanish Civil War, Capa and Taro risked everything documenting Francisco Franco's Fascist uprising--even as they risked everything for love.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Susana Fortes offers a gorgeously written, English Patient-style novel about the real-life romance between two photojournalists furiously in love: Robert Capa and Gerda Taro. During the Spanish Civil War, Capa and Taro risked everything documenting Francisco Franco's Fascist uprising--even as they risked everything for love. The two artists' passion stands out in sharp relief against the terrifying realities of war in this internationally acclaimed novel, a book that will resonate with fans of Possession, Loving Frank, Suite Francaise, and Pan's Labyrinth. With a film adaptation already underway from producer Michael Mann (Public Enemies, The Insider, Manhunter, Collateral), Fortes' Waiting for Robert Capa is a tale that will touch millions of hearts, mixing the poignancy of a timeless love story with the immediacy of a vivid snapshot from a bygone era.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062000385
  • ISBN-10: 0062000381
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Publish Date: September 2011
  • Page Count: 201
  • Dimensions: 8.06 x 5.36 x 0.51 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.35 pounds

Series: P.S.

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-08-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Arching between Paris before WWII and Spain in the midst of Civil War, Fortes’s (The Albanian Affairs) latest historical traces the rocky romance between the (real-life) talented, striking Polish refugee and activist Gerta Pohorylle and fellow Jewish émigré André Friedmann, otherwise known as Robert Capa. Though illuminating in its depiction of the conflicting artistic, social, and political currents rocking the Old Continent in the ’30s, the prose plods, with Fortes frequently resorting to name-dropping in lieu of narrative. Superficial descriptions of Paris cafes (“forums for heated debate” between usual suspects Hemingway, Picasso, Matisse, et al.) and the tendency for characters to enjoy “ferocious” lovemaking lend a tired, familiar feel. Gerta is “esolute, firm, bold” and boasts “the reddest lips in all of Paris.” And Capa “loved that skinny Jew.” While Fortes pays a well-deserved homage to Gerta and the exceptional women of the era, including “emale soldiers with black eyes and tawny leonine manes, a newspaper in one hand and a Mauser in the other,” her flowery prose is plagued by López’s strained, overly literal translation. Nevertheless, Gerta and Andre receive their just due with this thorough, if not exactly palpitating, portrayal. (Oct.)

 
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