Books: Behind the Lace Mantilla

THE BROKEN ROOT (308 pp.)—Arturo Barea—Harcourf, Brace ($3.50).

One of the finest autobiographies of the '40s was Spaniard Arturo Barea's The Forging of a Rebel (TIME, Dec. 30, 1946).

Better than any book before or after, it created a believable social backdrop for the Spanish civil war, described the barbarous excesses of both sides with uncommon realism and candor.

Barea, a businessman and a Loyalist, got out of Spain in 1938. He now lives and writes in England, where, since 1940 and under the name of Juan de Catilla, he has been BBC's Latin American commentator. In The Broken Root, his first novel,...

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