The text is a short story by Ernest Hemingway, American author belonging to the “Lost Generation”. He is known for his “telegraphic style”, preferring short, simple sentences devoid of picturesque epithets and metaphors. He avoids synonyms, generally using one word for every single notion throughout the text, creating the effect of repetition and emphasizing the meaning of that notion. This text is a characteristic example of Hemingway’s prose. It can be roughly divided into three parts.
In the first one, the author describes the graveyard of American volunteers who died during the Spanish Civil War, concentrating on the landscape, the river, the forest with the imprint of war on them (lower branches were cut to cover tanks), and the earth itself. What is most important, it is winter: the coldness of death is paralleled by the coldness of physical temperature.