The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Vicente BLASCO IBÁÑEZ (1867 - 1928), translated by Charlotte Jordan BREWSTER (1862 - )

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, by Vicente Blasco Ibañez and translated into English by Charlotte Brewster Jordan, depicts two branches of a family with its roots in the pampas of Argentina. The wealthy Argentinian, Julio Madariaga, comes from Spain and raises himself from poverty, becoming a self-made, wealthy cattleman. He is a man of extremes; an honest man with a rascally knack for taking advantage of others; a self-made man with overweening pride, prejudices, and a sharp, flinty temper that can spark into violence, he is at the same time given to great generosity toward those who are under him. This almost feudal lord has two daughters who marry expatriates, a Frenchman and a German.

Julio Madariaga leaves his stamp on these two families who, after his death, return to the native countries of his two sons in law. At that time, the mood of Europe is in many ways similar to that of the old gaucho, a mixture of generosity, explosive anger, romanticism, strong prejudices, and wounded pride, a mood composed of extremes painted on an oversized canvas. World War I is waiting in the wings and will leave its own stamp on the old gaucho's lineage, pitting them against each other on opposite sides in the violent first year that many think will last only a few months but will, in fact, result in improbable destruction and loss of lives. An old Russian visionary given to drink, looks out on red skies one day and experiences its coming in a vision: hoofbeats; and riders. --Summary by Tony Oliva and released to public domain.

Genre(s): War & Military Fiction

Language: English

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Play 07 part 1 - chapter 2 Madariaga, the Centaur Tony Oliva
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Play 13 part 1 - chapter 3 The Desnoyers Family Tony Oliva
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Play 22 part 1 - chapter 5 In Which Appear the Four Horsemen Tony Oliva
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Play 27 part 2 - chapter 1 What Don Marcelo Envied Tony Oliva
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Play 31 part 2 - chapter 2 New Life Tony Oliva
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Play 33 part 2 - chapter 3 The Retreat Tony Oliva
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Play 38 part 2 - chapter 4 Near the Sacred Grotto Tony Oliva
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Play 42 part 2 - chapter 5 The Invasion Tony Oliva
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Play 51 part 2 - chapter 6 The Banner of the Red Cross Tony Oliva
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Play 55 part 3 - chapter 1 After the Marne Tony Oliva
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Play 58 part 3 - chapter 2 In the Studio Tony Oliva
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Play 61 part 3 - chapter 3 War Tony Oliva
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Play 69 part 3 - chapter 4 No One Will Kill Him Tony Oliva
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