Nominated by:

Wojewódzka i Miejska Biblioteka Publiczna, Lódz, Poland

Publisher of nominated edition:

HarperCollins, USA

Waiting for Robert Capa

Susana Fortes      

Translated from the original Spanish by Adriana V. López

2013 Longlist

An extraordinary novel of love, war, and art, based on the turbulent real-life romance of legendary photojournalists Gerda Taro and Robert Capa

Artists, Jews, nonconformists, exiles. Gerta Pohorylle meets André Friedmann in Paris in 1935 and is drawn to his fierce dedication to justice, journalism, and the art of photography. Assuming new names, Gerda Taro and Robert Capa travel together to Spain, Europe’s most harrowing war zone, to document the rapidly intensifying turmoil of the Spanish Civil War. In the midst of the peril and chaos of brutal conflict, a romance for the ages is born, marked by passion and recklessness . . . until tragedy intervenes.

Already published to international acclaim, Waiting for Robert Capa is an exhilarating tale of art and love—and a moving tribute to all those who risk their lives to document the world’s violent transformations.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Susana Fortes is a native of Spain. Her novels have been translated into almost twenty languages, and she is the winner of numerous literary awards, including the Premio Nuevos Narradores, the Premio Primavera, the Premio de la Crítica, and, for Waiting for Robert Capa, the Premio Fernando Lara. She is a regular contributor to El País as well as various cinema and literature magazines.

Librarian’s Comments

Waiting for Robert Capa is a story about a man-woman relationship, about two individuals’ ties connected with the passion of photography. A story about fear and uncertainty about what the next day will bring. About intolerance in the time of peace and the horrors of war. About the civil war and its impact on the senses of photo-journalists.

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