Ernest Hemingway "For Whom the Bell Tolls"

Ernest Hemingway "For Whom the Bell Tolls"

Ernest Hemingway "For Whom the Bell Tolls"


Ernest Hemingway

In 1937 Ernest Hemingway was working as a journalist in Spain. Three years later he completed For Whom the Bell Tolls, an exceptional and beautiful novel about the Spanish Civil War. Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades, is assigned to a very dangerous mission in the mountains of Spain. There he meets Pablo, the guerilla leader, and Pilar, his “mujer”. In this setting Jordan meets and falls in love with the lovely Maria.

The novel is a brilliant description of the Spanish Civil War and a tribute to the passionate heroes who were willing to fight and die for a cause. The themes of destiny, bravery and the irony of life are present throughout the story, and create an intensely emotional work that looks into the heart of the Spanish people during a very difficult period of their history.

The novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls" is on the 8th place in the list "100 books of the 20th century".


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