A set of sketches instead of a unique, this paintings tells of fighting with a twister within the Andes; of crashing within the Libyan wasteland; and of motion, experience and probability.
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Donning their darkish outfits stiff with dust, the column heaving and sweating at their paintings appear like the denizens of an evening shield. They fill me with an identical uneasiness I felt whilst the yellow fever broke out between us at Dakar, ten years in the past. the manager of the detachment were chatting with me in a whisper. I stuck the tip of his speech: " . . . and we circulate as much as Saragossa. " Why the satan did he need to whisper! the ambience of this backyard made me reflect on a sanatorium. yet in fact! That used to be it. A civil conflict isn't a struggle, it's a sickness. those males weren't going as much as front within the exultation of definite victory; they have been suffering blindly opposed to an infection. And an identical factor used to be happening within the enemy camp. the aim of this fight was once to not rid the rustic of an invading foreigner yet to eliminate an outbreak. a brand new religion is sort of a plague. It assaults from inside. It propagates within the invisible. strolling within the streets, whoever belongs to a celebration feels himself surrounded via secretly contaminated males. This should have been why those troops have been going off in silence with their tools of asphyxiation. there has been now not the slightest resemblance among them and regiments that cross into conflict opposed to overseas armies and are set out at the chessboard of the fields and moved approximately through strategists. those males had collected jointly haphazardly in a urban full of chaos. there has been now not a lot to choose from Barcelona and its enemy, Saragossa: either have been composed of a similar swarm of communists, anarchists, and fascists. The very males who accrued at the related aspect have been maybe extra diversified from each other than from their enemies. In civil warfare the enemy is inward; one nearly as good as fights opposed to oneself. What else can clarify the actual horror of this battle within which firing squads count number for greater than squaddies of the road? loss of life during this conflict is a type of quarantine. Purges ensue of germ-carriers. The anarchists move from apartment to accommodate and cargo the plague-stricken into their tumbrils, whereas at the different facet of the barricade Franco is ready to utter that terrible boast: "There are not any extra communists between us. " The conscripts are weeded out by way of a type of scientific board; the officer liable is a kind of military health practitioner. males current themselves for provider with satisfaction shining of their eyes and the assumption of their hearts that they have got an element to play in society. "Exempt from provider for all times! " is the choice. Fields were changed into charnel-houses and the useless are burned in lime or petroleum. admire for the consideration of guy has been trampled lower than foot. due to the fact on either side the political events secret agent upon the stirrings of man's sense of right and wrong as upon the workings of a illness, why should still the urn of his flesh be revered? This physique that outfits the spirit, that strikes with grace and boldness, that is familiar with love, that's apt for self-sacrifice - nobody now a lot as thinks of giving it good burial. i assumed of our recognize for the lifeless. i assumed of the white clinic the place the sunshine of a man's existence is going quietly out within the presence of these who love him and who garner as though it have been an inestimable treasure his final phrases, his final smile.