Rosinante to the Road
John Dos Passos' third book, a story of Spain
First US edition, hardback bound in quarter cloth with title labels to spine and upper board. 21 × 14cm, 245pp.
Making allusions to Don Quixote's wanderings on his trusty steed Rosinante, American novelist John Dos Passos creates a story of two travelers making their way by foot from Madrid to Toledo in post-World War I Spain. Along the way, they encounter simple, earthy folk on the trail and in taverns, thus providing a convenient backdrop for Dos Passos's observations on the tension between old agrarian ways and new industrial imperatives. Dos Passos interweaves the story with chapters about the finest Hispanic poets and novelists of the day. One of Dos Passos's earliest books, it delights the reader with the young writer's poetic use of the English language.
A good reading copy. The boards are quite heavily bruised and with a few small marks. The spine's title label is scuffed across the author's surname. However, the contents are in good order with clean pages and secure binding and some page uncut.