Der populärste Roman im Werk von Hemingway schildert vier Tage im Leben des Amerikaners Robert Jordan. Aus Liebe zu Spanien kämpft er als Freiwilliger im Spanischen Bürgerkrieg an der Seite der Republikaner gegen die faschistischen Putschisten. Drei Tage und drei Nächte verbringt er in der Höhle, in der die Guerillakämpfer ihr Quartier aufgeschlagen haben. Dort begegnet er Maria, einem jungen Mädchen, dessen Eltern im Bürgerkrieg ermordet wurden. Die Liebe zu Robert Jordan lässt sie die Schrecken der Vergangenheit vergessen. Für den Amerikaner bedeutet die Bindung an Maria die Überwindung seiner Einsamkeit. Jordan bleibt in den Bergen, um den Rückzug der Partisanen zu decken. Er weiss, dass er sterben wird. High in the pine forests of the Spanish Sierra, a guerrilla band prepares to blow up a vital bridge. Robert Jordan, a young American volunteer, has been sent to handle the dyamiting. There, in the mountains, he finds the dangers and the intense comradeship of war. And there he discovers Maria, a young woman who has escaped from Franco's rebels. Like many of his novels adapted into a major Hollywood film, For Whom the bell Tolls is one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century by one of the greatest American writers.
"One of the greatest novels which our troubled age will produce" Observer
Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in Chicago in 1899 as the son of a doctor and the second of six children. After a stint as an ambulance driver at the Italian front, Hemingway came home to America in 1919, only to return to the battlefield - this time as a reporter on the Greco-Turkish war - in 1922. Resigning from journalism to focus on his writing instead, he moved to Paris where he renewed his earlier friendship with fellow American expatriates such as Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. Through the years, Hemingway travelled widely and wrote avidly, becoming an internationally recognized literary master of his crat. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, following the publication of The Old Man and the Sea. He died in 1961.
"One of the greatest novels which our troubled age will produce" Observer "The best fictional report on the Spanish Civil War that we possess" -- Anthony Burgess "The best book Hemingway has written" New York Times