Max Aub

Max Aub (1903–72) was born in Paris to German parents and grew up in Spain, before escaping to France and then Mexico, where he lived from 1942 until his death. He wrote novels, plays and literary criticism, and founded the journal Los sesenta with the poets Jorge Guillén and Rafael Alberti.


  • March competition: win a Guernica anniversary t-shirt

    75 years ago, 1937. The Nazi Luftwaffe backed Franco's fascists with the first ever carpet bombing of an undefended civilian target, Guernica. This atrocity horrified the world and helped to shift public opinion behind the Spanish Republican cause. Philosophy Football has produced a 75th anniversary T-shirt and we have 5 to be won in our March competition. Each lucky winner will also receive Max Aub's evocative novel set in the prelude to the Spanish Civil War, Field of Honour.


    To enter, simply answer this question. By what name was the unit consisting of the Luftwaffe and Wehrmacht volunteers, that served with Franco's forces, known? Email your answer with name, address and preferred T-shirt size to

    Entries close 31 March 2012, no purchase necessary to enter.


    Congratulations! To Marc Behrendt, Jon Hackett, Heather McCallum, Guy Reading and Francesca Silvani. All winners of a Tahrir Square T-shirt , also available from Philosophy Football, in our January competition.