Snippet: The Lisbon Route

Not a piece of Iberian fiction but a non-fiction work by an American author that sounds very interesting – Lisbon during WWII.

The publisher’s introduction is this:

“The Lisbon Route tells of the extraordinary World War II transformation of Portugal’s tranquil port city into the great escape hatch of Nazi Europe. Royalty, celebrities, diplomats, fleeing troops, and ordinary citizens desperately slogged their way across France and Spain to reach the neutral nation. Here the exiles found peace and plenty, though they often faced excruciating delays and uncertainties before they could book passage on ships or planes to their final destinations. As well as offering freedom from war, Lisbon provided spies, smugglers, relief workers, military figures, and adventurers with an avenue into the conflict and its opportunities. Ronald Weber traces the engaging stories of many of these colorful transients as they took pleasure in the city’s charm and benign climate, its ample food and drink, its gambling casino and Atlantic beaches. Yet an ever-present shadow behind the gaiety was the fragile nature of Portuguese neutrality, which at any moment the Axis or Allies might choose to end.”

The book appeared in Spanish in the spring of 2014, and the single amazon.es reader’s critique is very bad… the amazon.com readers of the English version seem to be quite happy with the book; there might be a reason that there is no paperback version available…

SOURCE: Ivan R. Dee (publisher)

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