Waiting for Robert Capa by Susana Fortes
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An extraordinary novel of love, war, and art, based on the turbulent real-life romance of legendary photojournalists Gerda Taro and Robert Capa

Artists, Jews, nonconformists, exiles. Gerta Pohorylle meets André Friedmann in Paris in 1935 and is drawn to his fierce dedication to justice, journalism, and the art of photography. Assuming new names, Gerda Taro and Robert Capa travel together to Spain, Europe’s most harrowing war zone, to document the rapidly intensifying turmoil of the Spanish Civil War. In the midst of the peril and chaos of brutal conflict, a romance for the ages is born, marked by passion and recklessness . . . until tragedy intervenes.

Already published to international acclaim, Waiting for Robert Capa is an exhilarating tale of art and love—and a moving tribute to all those who risk their lives to document the world’s violent transformations.


About Susana Fortes

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Susana Fortes is a native of Spain. Her novels have been translated into almost twenty languages, and she is the winner of numerous literary awards, including the Premio Nuevos Narradores, the Premio Primavera, the Premio de la CrItica, and, for "Waiting for Robert Capa", the Premio Fernando Lara. She is a regular contributor to "El PaIs" as well as various cinema and literature magazines. Susana Fortes es licenciada en GeografIa e Historia. En 1994 ganO el Premio Nuevos Narradores con su primera novela, "Querido Corto MaltEs". Luego fue finalista del Premio Primavera 2001 con "Fronteras de arena" y finalista del Premio Planeta 2003 con "El amante albanEs", una novela que se convirtiO en bestseller en EspaNa. La traducciOn en inglEs, "The Albanian Affairs", ha conseguido el tercer premio del Book of the Year Awards 2006. Sus obras han sido traducidas a diez idiomas. Actualmente vive en Valencia, donde compagina la enseNanza con el periodismo y la literatura. Leland H. Chambers is a translator of modern and contemporary fiction from Latin American and Spanish fiction writers. He has translated books by Carmen Boullosa, Julieta Campos, and Juan Tovar, all from Mexico. He has also co-edited an anthology of contemporary short stories from Central America, translating 20 of the 51 stories.
Published September 27, 2011 by Harper Perennial. 211 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In that harsh land, they both blossom as artists and war journalists, their bohemian principles made flesh, before war catches up with them.

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Gerta is “[r]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 “[f]emale soldiers with black eyes and tawny leonine manes, a newspape...

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Based on the real life love affair between Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, this intelligent, thought provoking novel encapsulates the atmosphere of fear and hostility which drove many European Jews to seek refuge in Paris.

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Sunshine Coast Daily

A year later they travel together to Spain, Europe's most harrowing war zone, to document the outbreak of the Civil War, marking Capa's emergence as a famous war photographer who later covered the D-day landings in Normandy, and later still the Indo-Chinese war.

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