War, So Much War

Product Number: EB00654701
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781940953236
Publisher: Open Letter
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"Rodoreda had bedazzled me by the sensuality with which she reveals things within the atmosphere of her novels."-Gabriel GarcIa Marquez "Rodoreda plumbs a sadness that reaches beyond historic circumstances . . . an almost voluptuous vulnerability."-Natasha Wimmer, The Nation "It is a total mystery to me why [Rodoreda] isn't widely worshipped; along with Willa Cather, she's on my list of authors whose works I intend to have read all of before I die. Tremendous, tremendous writer."-John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats Despite its title, there is little of war and much of the fantastic in this coming-of-age story, which was the last novel MercE Rodoreda published during her lifetime. We first meet its young protagonist, AdriA Guinart, as he is leaving Barcelona out of boredom and a thirst for freedom, embarking on a long journey through the backwaters of a rural land that one can only suppose is Catalonia, accompanied by the interminable, distant rumblings of an indefinable war. In vignette-like chapters and with a narrative style imbued with the fantastic, Guinart meets with numerous adventures and peculiar characters who offer him a composite, if surrealistic, view of an impoverished, war-ravaged society and shape his perception of his place in the world. As in Rodoreda's Death in Spring, nature and death play an fundamental role in a narrative that often takes on a phantasmagoric quality and seems to be a meditation on the consequences of moral degradation and the inescapable presence of evil. MercE Rodoreda (1908-1983) is widely regarded as the most important Catalan writer of the twentieth century. Exiled in France and Switzerland following the Spanish Civil War, Rodoreda began writing the novels and short stories-Twenty-Two Short Stories, The Time of the Doves, Camellia Street, Garden by the Sea-that would eventually make her internationally famous.

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Author(s): Merce Rodoreda
Original Publish Date: Oct 19, 2015

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