Friday, March 14, 2008

Top 10 books about civil war

In compiling his list of books about civil war for the Guardian, Michael Symmons Roberts "was looking for books that addressed the unique terror of 'neighbour against neighbour' conflicts, but also books that explored the particular challenge of peace in the aftermath of civil war. How do you go back to living with these people, nodding in the street, sharing trains, buses, schools, hospitals?"

Number One on his list:
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

The Spanish Civil War drew many writers in, and produced striking work in fiction and poetry as a result. Orwell's is one of the great memoirs, though. A novelist and journalist recounting his own experience
Read about the other nine titles on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue