The Face of War (Paperback)

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In this collection of essays, Martha Gellhorn bears witness to some of the most brutal war atrocities of the 20th century with the close observation of a journalist and the empathetic prose of a novelist. She was both throughout her prolific career, a short portion of which she spent married to Ernest Hemingway. In her introduction, Gellhorn refers to this collection as her protest against unnecessary violence. Her commitment to quality reportage serves as a solid reminder of the power and importance of careful journalism.

— From Riley


Martha Gellhorn was a fearless war correspondent for nearly fifty years and a leading journalistic voice of her generation.

From the Spanish Civil War in 1937 through the wars in Central America in the mid-eighties, her candid reporting reflected her deep empathy for people no matter their political ideology, and the openness and vulnerability of her conscience. "I wrote very fast, as I had to," she says, "afraid that I would forget the exact sound, smell, words, gestures, which were special to this moment and this place." Whether in Java, Finland, the Middle East, or Vietnam, she used the same vigorous approach. Collecting the best of Gellhorn's pieces on foreign conflicts and now with a new introduction by Lauren Elkin, The Face of War is what the New York Times called "a brilliant anti-war book" and has become a classic.

About the Author

Martha Gellhorn (1908-1998) was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She was a war correspondent for Collier's Weekly of New York from 1937 to 1946 and for the Guardian of London from 1966-1967. In addition to her journalism, she wrote seven novels and four short-story collections, receiving an O. Henry Award in 1958. She was married to Ernest Hemingway from 1940 to 1946 and T. S. Matthews from 1954 to 1963. Gellhorn lived most of her life in London.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802128744
ISBN-10: 0802128742
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: October 16th, 2018
Pages: 352
Language: English