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JUANITO QUINTANA Ernest Hemingway poseía una infinita curiosidad intelectual, que le llevó a interesarse no solo por la lengua vasca, sino también por la historia y la civilización vasca, de acuerdo al título de alguno de los libros que encontramos en su biblioteca. Valga como muestra el titulado precisamente ‘Le Pays Basque: Histoire-langue-civilization’, de Pierre Harispe, publicado en París en 1929. Para entonces ya conocía más que de cerca algunas gentes del país. El ejemplo más claro sería el de Juanito Quintana. Juanito Quintana era el dueño del Hotel Quintana, en plena Plaza de Castillo de Pamplona. El impacto que le causaron tanto Juanito como su hotel quedó reflejado en el primer borrado de lo que sería ‘The Sun Also Rises’, o ‘Fiesta’. Las primeras líneas de aquella primera versión arrancaban con estas palabras: “I sow him for the first time in his room at the Hotel Quintana in Pamplona. We met Quintana on the stairs as Bill and I were coming up to the room to get the wine bag to take to the bull fight”. Tras su primera experiencia en la ciudad Ernest Hemingway había encontrado un amigo para toda la vida y un hotel en el que sentirse como en casa. Y todo fue así, hasta que tras el golpe militar de julio de 1936 estalló la guerra, y su vida, como la de tantas gentes, quedó dividida en un antes y un después. Hemingway possessed an infinite intellectual curiosity, which judging by the title of some of the books we find in his collection, led him into an interest not only for the Basque language, but also for Basque history and civilisation. A good example is ‘Le Pays Basque: Histoire-langue-civilization’ by Pierre Harispe, published in Paris in 1929. Back then he already knew many people from the region. The clearest example would be that of Juanito Quintana. Juanito Quintana was the owner of Hotel Quintana, right in the heart of Plaza de Castillo in Pamplona. The impact that both Juanito and his hotel left on the writer was reflected in his first draft of what would be ‘Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises’. The first lines of that first version began with these words: “I saw him for the first time in his room at the Hotel Quintana in Pamplona. We met Quintana on the stairs as Bill and I were coming up to the room to get the wine bag to take to the bull fight”. After his first experience in the city, Ernest Hemingway had made a friend for life and had found a hotel where we could feel at home. This is how it continued, until the war broke out following the military coup in July 1936, and his life, as well as the lives of many other people, were marked by a before and after. Hemingway

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