La saga de un grupo de hombres en la guerra. La novela sobre la vida en las garras de la muerte en la que Leon Uris rinde homenaje al Cuerpo de Marines en el que combatió durante la Segunda guerra mundial.

Están los hombres urbanos que vienen de la ciudad; los que vienen de las granjas donde se cultiva el trigo; los que llegan de las reservas indígenas. Todos unidos en morir o dar la muerte.

El legendario cuerpo estaba constituido por hombres de todos los días: los valientes y los niños de mamá; los mentirosos y los amantes; los holgazanes y los héroes.

ABOUT Leon Uris


    Leon Uris (1924–2003) was an author of fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays who wrote more than a dozen books including numerous bestselling novels. His epic Exodus (1958) has been translated into more than fifty languages. Uris’s work is notable for its focus on dramatic moments in contemporary history, including World War II and its aftermath, the birth of modern Israel, and the Cold War. Through the massive popularity of his novels and his skill as a storyteller, Uris has had enormous influence on popular understanding of twentieth-century history.

    Leon Marcus Uris was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the son of Jewish parents of recent Polish-Russian origin. As a child, Uris lived a transient and hardscrabble life. He attended schools in Baltimore, Virginia, and Philadelphia while his father worked as an unsuccessful storekeeper. Even though he was a below-average student, Uris excelled in history and was fascinated by literature; he made up his mind to be a writer at a young age.

    After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Uris dropped out of high school to enlist in the Marine Corps. From 1942 to 1945 he served as a radio operator in the South Pacific, and after the war he settled down in San Francisco with his first wife, Betty. He began working for local papers and wrote fiction on the side. His first novel, Battle Cry, was published in 1953 and drew on his experience as a marine. When the book’s film rights were picked up, Uris moved to Hollywood to help with the screenplay, and he stayed to work on other film scripts, including the highly successful Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1957.

    Uris’s second novel, The Angry Hills (1955), is set in Greece but contains plot points that center on Jewish emigration to the territories that would eventually become Israel. The history that led to Israel’s earliest days is also the subject of Uris’s most commercially successful novel, Exodus. Not long after Israel first achieved statehood, Uris began researching the novel, traveling 12,000 miles within the country itself, interviewing more than 1,200 residents, and reading hundreds of texts on Jewish history. The book would go on to sell more copies than Gone with the Wind

    Uris’s dedication to research became the foundation of many of his subsequent novels and nonfiction books. Mila 18 (1961) chronicles Jewish resistance in the Nazi-occupied Warsaw ghettos, and Armageddon (1964) details the years of the Berlin airlift. Topaz (1967) explores French-American intrigue at the height of the Cold War during the Cuban Missile Crisis, while The Haj (1984) continues Uris’s look into Middle Eastern history. Much of Uris’s fiction also draws explicitly from his own travels and experiences: QB VII (1970) is a courtroom drama based on a libel case against Uris that stemmed from the publication of Exodus, and Mitla Pass follows a Uris-like author through Israel during the Suez crisis. Ireland: A Terrible Beauty and Jerusalem: Song of Songs are sensitive, nonfiction documentations of Uris’s travels and include photographs taken by his third wife, Jill.

    Throughout his career Uris continued to write for Hollywood, adapting his own novels into movies, and working as a “script doctor” on films such as Giant and Rebel Without a Cause. QBVII was adapted for television, becoming the first ever miniseries. Uris passed away in 2003 at his home on Long Island. His papers are housed at the Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin.

    Sólo un ex-marine estadounidense que participó en la Segunda guerra mundial, hijo de inmigrantes polacos judíos, pudo crear Grito de Guerra, Éxodo, Mila 18 y Topaz; ése fue Leon Uris. Su primera novela fue Grito de Guerra, inspirada en las propias vivencias de Uris durante su periodo en el sexto regimiento de los marines. Más tarde llegó Las colinas de la ira—también con el mismo trasfondo sociopolítico.

    Tras estos éxitos decide hacer un viaje a Israel; su fruto fue Éxodo, su novela más célebre. A ésta le siguieron, entre otras, Topaz, un thriller sobre la Guerra Fría que estuvo una semana entera en el número uno de la lista de Best-sellers del periódico New York Times. Aunque nunca consiguió el graduado escolar, con tan sólo seis años escribió una opereta con motivo del fallecimiento de su perro. Leon Uris estaba destinado a ser lo que fue, un narrador sencillo de grandes historias.

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