The Angel Of History

Bruno Arpaia


The Angel Of History

The Angel Of History

  • Title: The Angel Of History
  • Author: Bruno Arpaia
  • ISBN: 9781841959832
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Paperback



For a brief moment in 1940 the lives of a young Spanish militant and a reclusive academic of German and Jewish heritage are thrown together Along with thousands of others across Europe, both men have fled their homeland in the face of fascist persecution Yet, until the day their paths converge on a remote mountain pass between France and Spain, their experience of war haFor a brief moment in 1940 the lives of a young Spanish militant and a reclusive academic of German and Jewish heritage are thrown together Along with thousands of others across Europe, both men have fled their homeland in the face of fascist persecution Yet, until the day their paths converge on a remote mountain pass between France and Spain, their experience of war has been vastly different Based on true events of Benjamin s life, and ranging from Paris Left Bank to the prison camps of southern France, The Angel of History explores how the history we think we know is not a series of events but rather a constellation of countless individual lives And although every story is unique, each is founded on the same human desire to be remembered.


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In this novel, episodes involving Walter Benjamin are interwoven with the fictional story of some Spanish refugees. For those who already know what happened in Portbou this is a bit of a chronicle foretold. Nonetheless, the Benjamin storyline is the most riveting part. This may be due in part to my personal interest in finding out more about Benjamin as Arpaia's novel evidently has a solid historical basis with references to events and important figures of the time.However, the other half of the [...]

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Essere fuori luogo sempre: questa era stata tutta la sua vitaQuesto romanzo racconta la storia (vera) del tentativo infruttuoso di fuga dalle persecuzioni naziste del filosofo ebreo tedesco Walter Benjamin, fuga conclusasi tragicamente con un suicidio quando oramai la salvezza era a portata di mano. Siamo nell’Europa all’inizio della seconda guerra mondiale ed un fiume di persone è in fuga dalla guerra e dalla furia nazista. Rifugiatosi a Parigi, Benjamin passa i giorni a discutere con i su [...]

I found this a book that was depressing to contemplate reading but engrossing when I did. The story of the flight of Walter Benjamin from German to Paris and then as war spreads across France is interwoven with that of Laureano, a Spanish Communist who himself faces civil war then flight and exile. Their stories provide different perspectives on war and the experience of being a refugee, a displaced person without nationality or a place to call home. The younger man survives thanks to his youth [...]

This book is a fictionalised account of Dr. Walter Benjamin's attempt to leave occupied Europe during WWII. A German Jew, he first leaves Germany for Paris, and then after The Nazis invade France, escapes to Spain. As well as his story, we are hear the tale of Laureano, a Spaniard who fought against Franco and then became a refugee in France. Towards the end of the book, their paths finally cross.At first the switch between the third person telling of Walter's story and the first person retellin [...]

I first heard about the philosopher Walter Benjamin on a trip to Portbou. In my travel writing, I described the station as a Spanish Crewe with tracks shooting off in all directions, and the town as a place where French tourists are frisked on their way over the border. But it must have been a whole lot bleaker in 1940, when many of those crossing this frontier were in fear of their lives.In this novel, episodes involving Walter Benjamin are interwoven with the fictional story of some Spanish re [...]

Excellent novel about the meeting of a Spanish militant and the German/Jewish philosopher Dr Walter Benjamin in the Pyranees during WWII, where a range of people were fleeing or crossing the border for various reasons. For me, the best of the book dealt with Benjamin as his orderly life is turned upside down and he is forced first to flee Germany for Paris, only to find that he is no safer there. You have a real sense of how he begins to feel a "guest in his own life" as he struggles with the en [...]

I quite liked this book but felt I had to really concentrate and read it in silence.Maybe it's just me personally but with all the historical information, characters and politics in this story I really needed to think and take it all in and reading it with all the background noises in the house meant I kept getting lost and therefore I struggled to want to keep picking this book up again.I ploughed through to the end but was left feeling that I thought I would like it more than I did as it is a [...]

A very thorough account of Benjamin Walter's last few years. Hard work must have gone into this, and only the problem of trying to merge his fictional approach with factual knowledge creates a few breaks in the flow of the writing. Overall a very good account and an important book to having been written.

This is a great little book, more like three and a half stars. It centres around two completely different characters and their experiences in World War II. Poignant, heart breaking and beautiful in its style, I'm very glad I read this book.

en indrukwekkend boek, soms een tikje langdradig, maar de moeite waard om te lezen.het is schokkend om te lezen wat de Fransen voor een smerige politiek voerde om anti fascisten uit te leveren aan de Duitsers

Discuss it Book Group included this novel in our optional extra discussion in February 2012. It was rated 4.3 out of 5 by our group.

Chosen by MaryScore - 78 out of 100Word Description - Inspiring, Obtuse, Challenging, Infuriating, Agravating(sic), Urgent, Sad, Ominous.

So far very good. It reminded me of Hemingway's for whom the bell tolls. Great description of the French.

I found this a hard book to plough through. I found it hard to connect to the story and the characters.

This is based on at least one true story. I think the other one is invented, although I'm not certain. The two stories meld together very well (in most dual stories novels, they don't).


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