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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (219 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Russell Martin Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2003 ISBN:
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From best selling author Russell Martin comes a stirring account of the town that inspired one of the world's most celebrated and controversial works of art, the painting Guernica's profound impact on the politics and culture of the 20th century, and the artist whose passion and artistic vision are unequaled in modern history.

On April 26, 1937 the German Luftwaffe began relentless bombing and machine-gunning of businesses, homes and villages to test a new type of warfare waged from the air, at the request of General Francisco Franco and his rebel forces. Three and a half hours later, the village lay in ruins, its population decimated. This act of terror and unspeakable cruelty - the first intentional, large-scale attack against a nonmilitary target in modern warfare - outraged the world, and compelled a Spanish painter to respond with artistic fury. Pablo Picasso, an expatriate living in Paris, reacted immediately to the devastation in his homeland by beginning work on the canvas that would become his testament against the horrors of war.

Weaving themes of conflict and redemption, doom and transcendence, and featuring some of the century's most memorable and infamous figures, Martin follows this renowned masterwork from its creation through its journey across decades, from many countries of Europe to America and finally and triumphantly to Spain. Picasso's War is a book that vividly demonstrates how vital art is to human lives and how sometimes it even transfigures tragedy, a story that delivers an unforgettable portrait of an artistic genius whose visionary rendering of the terrible wounds of war still resonates profoundly today.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pete Cochran | 10/11/2013

    " Very very good book! I just pulled it off the Library shelf... no reason to my choice... It is very wonderful... I can pretend to be more facinating than I really am with the History lesson this book provided me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 9/13/2013

    " Wonderful read! This book explores so many things so well -- Picasso's life, Spainish politics, and artistic movements during WWII. Ultimately, Martin's book is a love letter to "Guernica," one of the most imoprtant works of 20th century art. It is a truly splendid book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhea | 7/6/2013

    " This was a well written, informative, and creative perspective on the Spanish Civil War. Painful in parts, but that is as it should be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy | 5/31/2013

    " Wonderful discussion of art and Spain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 5/28/2013

    " This book was an excellent look at the life of an influential artist and the events that shaped his work. I have a new understanding of the man and the art. After reading this book, you will view and feel the artist's work with new perspective. As for me, I can hear Guernica scream. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/30/2013

    " Art history book on Picasso's Guernica. Good history lesson on Spanish Civil War and the invent that inspired the painting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gisselle | 4/14/2013

    " Required reading for an art history class. It was kind of...entry-level for a hardcore history major, so that colors my opinion. Too simplistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathalie | 3/9/2013

    " A fascinating book about the genesis of Picasso's 'Guernica'and where and how it was exhibited. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aurelius | 10/29/2012

    " I remember reading this and concluding that the price of anything, not just liberty, is eternal vigilance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 10/23/2012

    " The book is brain candy for art/Spanish history buffs and Picasso lovers alike. It delves into the history of the Spanish Civil War, Picasso's private and public lives, and the impetus for one of his most legenday paintings, Guernica. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Austin | 6/28/2012

    " Pretty cool story. Not amazing writing, but it gets the job done. Kind of slow at times, but it definitely deepened my appreciation for Guernica (both the town and the painting). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 5/27/2012

    " Sympathetic and informative story about an historical event I new very little about - not too much art talk, good narrative style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyce | 4/27/2011

    " Interesting interplay of history and art: a bit dry at points, but still a quick, great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reem | 3/23/2011

    " It's a little difficult to get through. I love political history but at times it feels like the author is trying to squeeze in all the information he has just for the sake of doing so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 3/13/2011

    " The life and times of Guernica. The author delves into the political situation that was a precursor to this famous painting, the life of the painting, and the life of Picasso. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy | 12/26/2010

    " Wonderful discussion of art and Spain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/26/2010

    " Detailed history of Picasso's Guernica. Both well researched and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyce | 4/7/2010

    " Interesting interplay of history and art: a bit dry at points, but still a quick, great read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Epouvante | 3/27/2009

    " Required reading for an art history class. It was kind of...entry-level for a hardcore history major, so that colors my opinion. Too simplistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 3/11/2009

    " I liked the history in this book, and some of the vivid imagery the author describes. It's not fantastic but does give some insight into the times and life of the artist.
    Details the conflict in Spain, and the managing and painting of Guernica. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 1/8/2009

    " Sympathetic and informative story about an historical event I new very little about - not too much art talk, good narrative style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Austin | 12/18/2008

    " Pretty cool story. Not amazing writing, but it gets the job done. Kind of slow at times, but it definitely deepened my appreciation for Guernica (both the town and the painting). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronny | 9/22/2008

    " banyak info sejarah menarik, tapi cara nulisnya ga bagus, berulang2 dan banyak puja puji "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie | 9/3/2008

    " This was not as much about Picasso's painting as it was a SLOW novel of the Spanish Civil war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/26/2008

    " Detailed history of Picasso's Guernica. Both well researched and well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathalie | 12/13/2007

    " A fascinating book about the genesis of Picasso's 'Guernica'and where and how it was exhibited. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 10/20/2007

    " what are we doing to ourselves???? "painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war." Picasso

    started reading this while standing in front of Guernica in Madrid....amazing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 9/15/2007

    " Art history book on Picasso's Guernica. Good history lesson on Spanish Civil War and the invent that inspired the painting. "

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About the Author

Russell Martin is the author of several previous books, including Beethoven’s Hair, which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and a Washington Post Book of the Year. He divides his time between Denver and Salt Lake City.

About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.