Hemingway, Gellhorn and Capa at The Hotel Florida in 1930s Madrid

October 9, 2014 3:53 PM

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"I was thinking about the Murphy's in the 1920s and all their bravery and optimism and modernism," she says about the birth of Hotel Florida (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), her new book. "But in the 1930s, the darkness then was not unlike the last decade in this world."

She was inspired also by a line in Hemingway's play from the same era, The Fifth Column: "You could learn as much in the Hotel Florida in those years as anywhere in the world."

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