M a r k   N a y l e r

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September 2015

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Taking back Puerto Rico

In 1898 at the end of the Spanish - American war, Spain ceded control of Puerto Rico to the US.  Now, almost 120 years later, Spain might have the opportunity to re-acquire the island.

On Laurie Lee’s “As I Walked Out One Midsummer’s
Morning” (1969)

Andalucía was Lee’s great muse…….

(SUR in English 4th September 2015)

Loss concern

Spain’s finance minister, Luis de Guindos, is being worryingly blasé
about figures released by the Bank of Spain last week.


(SUR in English 11th  September 2015)

A central vein of disappointment and sadness runs through A Moment
of War, Laurie Lee’s unrelentingly  bleak account of his experiences
during the Spanish civil war.

(SUR in English 11th September 2015)

On Laurie Lee’s “A Moment of War” (1991)

There is a growing disparity between the PP’s take on Spain’s economic situation and the story  as told by international markets.

(SUR in English 18th September 2015)

Losing touch

(SUR in English 4th September 2015)

George Orwell was lucky to make it out of Spain alive. By  a mad irony
only conceivable amidst the  the paranoia of war, the pro-revolutionary
line of the organisation for which he had been fighting led to it being
labelled as a fascist spying group: “Franco’s Fifth Column.


(SUR in English 18th September 2015)

On George Orwell’s “Homage to Catalonia (1938)

At first glance, Spain’s job market throws up some rather bizarre statistics.


An ephemeral solution

(SUR in English 25th September 2015)

The greatest books make you envious of those who have not yet read
them, those who you know have a great experience still to come.


(SUR in English 25th September 2015)

On Ernest Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls”
(1940)