named a Book Sense selection of the American
Booksellers Association and is available in bookstores throughout North America.
It can be purchased from online booksellers as well.
An unabridged audio edition of the book, published by Highbridge,
is available on both cassettes and compact discs.
Picasso's War was published by Scribner in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand,
and translated editions have been published in China, Greece, Israel, Japan,
The Los Angeles Times says:
Picasso's War is
a fetching and well-crafted account of Pablo Picasso's huge and astounding
painting Guernica, that has come to symbolize the elemental
barbarism of the recently deceased 20th century. . . . Martin deftly
weaves the story of the painting into the background of the rise of
Fascism and the course of the Spanish war. . . His book is beguiling
. . . even in tone, illuminating, deft, indeed a painterly little book."
The Denver Post calls Picasso's
"a fascinating and lively read. . . [Martin]
tells his story with passion and conviction, bringing alive both the
tragedy of the event and the triumph of the art.
Praise from Salt Lake City's Deseret News:
"Russell Martin has created his own masterpiece
of literature in Picasso's War, telling the story of the bombing,
the historic painting that resulted, Picasso's emotional commitment
to the project, the political results for Spain--and
what became of the painting in the years since. It is a most unusual
and gripping work."
Kirkus Reviews calls Picasso's
"an engrossing story of a landmark work of art
and the struggle 'to fashion meaning out of unimaginable evil, once
more to offer hope'. . . . Imaginative cultural historian Martin, crafts
a well-integrated and fascinating account of Picasso’s famous painting
and the horrible events that inspired it . . . deftly weaving such multiple
disciplines as politics, history, art, science, and even current events
into a narrative forming a coherent whole."
Praise from Publishers Weekly:
"Martin meticulously describes the painting's creation
and context [and] focuses on the controversies that haunted the canvas
for decades. . . . Within this larger narrative, he weaves a memoir
of his own trek to visit Guernica, which finally arrived in Spain
in the 1980s. The culmination of this thread, when Martin coincidentally
views the painting on September 11, 2001, brings the narrative into
the contemporary world and highlights Guernica's brutal relevance
Book Street USA says:
"Picasso's War is a vital history
lesson . . . a harrowing reminder of the horror that swept through Spain
before World War II, and a moving but never preachy account of how art
best serves politics by serving peace and justice itself."
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