The Trouble I've Seen by Martha Gellhorn
Four Stories from the Great Depression

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Written with the same documentary clarity, The Trouble I've Seen occasionally achieves an imaginative insight that transcends the project from which it grew, and which looks towards Gellhorn's later career...
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These four interlinked stories encapsulate Martha Gellhorn's firsthand observation of the Great Depression. Fiction crafted with documentary accuracy, they vividly render the gradual spiritual collapse of the simple, homely sufficiency of American life in the face of sudden unemployment, desperate poverty and hopelessness. They catch the mood of a generation 'sucked into indifference' and of young men who no longer 'believe in man or God, let alone private industry'. Martha was the youngest of a squad of sixteen, handpicked reporters who were paid to file accurate, confidential reports on the human stories behind the statistics of the Depression directly to Roosevelt's White House. In these pages, we understand the real cost of sudden destitution on a vast scale. We taste the dust in the mouth, smell the disease and feel the hopelessness and the despair. And here, too, we can hear the earliest cadences of the voice of a writer who went on to become, arguably, the greatest female war reporter of the 20th century.
 

About Martha Gellhorn

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Martha Gellhorn, the renowned war correspondent and peacetime journalist, is the author of "The Face of War" and "The View from the Ground," Her much-admired fiction includes "Weather in Africa" and "Honeyed Peace: Stories. Caroline Moorehead is the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo and Martha Gellhorn. Her books include Human Cargo: A Journey among Refugees, Dancing to the Precipice, A Train in Winter, and Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France.
 
Published May 18, 2012 by Eland Publishing. 266 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Lettie Ransley on Mar 24 2013

Written with the same documentary clarity, The Trouble I've Seen occasionally achieves an imaginative insight that transcends the project from which it grew, and which looks towards Gellhorn's later career...

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Reviewed by Jane Housham on Nov 06 2012

In these devastatingly quiet fictions, Gellhorn lays bare the psychology of abject poverty.

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