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For Whom the Bell Tolls

“The world is a fine place and worth fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.”― Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls


For Whom the Bell Tolls is a novel by Ernest Hemingway published in 1940. It tells the story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to a republican guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). As a dynamiter, the young man is assigned to blow up a bridge during an attack on the city of Segovia. The novel is one of Hemingway's best works, along with The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea, and A Farewell to Arms.

The novel has three types of characters: those who are purely fictional; those based on real people but fictionalized; and those who were actual figures in the war. Set in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains between Madrid and Segovia, the action takes place during four days and three nights.

The title is taken from a John Donne's  Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII: Nunc Lento…

Ayn Rand's Claim to Be Unique

“If creative fiction writing is a process of translating an abstraction into the concrete, there are three possible grades of such writing: translating an old (known) abstraction (theme or thesis) through the medium of old fiction means (that is, characters, events or situations used before for that same purpose, that same translation) -- this is most of the popular trash; translating an old abstraction through new, original fiction means -- this is most of the good literature; creating a new, original abstraction and translating it through new, original means. This, as far as I know, is only me -- my kind of fiction writing.”--Ayn Rand

Related Reading: Thumbnail Sketch of Ayn Rand; Ayn Rand Really, Really Hated C.S. Lewis