The Fifth Column is Hemingway’s only full length play and is based on his personal experiences in Civil War Madrid.
Inspired by Hemingway’s adventures as a newspaper correspondent in Spain in the 1930s, The Fifth Column and Four Stories of the Spanish Civil War magnificently evokes life in a besieged city over a tumultuous decade. Featuring the author’s only full-length play, the works recount decadent parties and doomed love affairs amid the rubble, and effortlessly capture the devastating effects of the war on the inhabitants of the city.
“This is immediate, unmistakable Hemingway.”
Philip Young, The New York Times Book Review