War, So Much War

War, So Much War

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"Rodoreda had bedazzled me by means of the sensuality with which she unearths issues in the surroundings of her novels."—Gabriel García Marquez

"Rodoreda plumbs a unhappiness that reaches past historical conditions . . . a virtually voluptuous vulnerability."—Natasha Wimmer, The Nation

"It is a complete secret to me why [Rodoreda] isn't really broadly worshipped; in addition to Willa Cather, she's on my checklist of authors whose works I intend to have learn all of prior to I die. great, large writer."—John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats

Despite its name, there's little of struggle and lots more and plenty of the glorious during this coming-of-age tale, which used to be the final novel Mercè Rodoreda released in the course of her lifetime.

We first meet its younger protagonist, Adrià Guinart, as he's leaving Barcelona out of boredom and a thirst for freedom, embarking on an extended trip in the course of the backwaters of a rural land that you'll merely believe is Catalonia, followed via the interminable, far-off rumblings of an indefinable battle. In vignette-like chapters and with a story sort imbued with the wonderful, Guinart meets with quite a few adventures and weird characters who provide him a composite, if surrealistic, view of an impoverished, war-ravaged society and form his notion of his position within the world.

As in Rodoreda's Death in Spring, nature and demise play an primary function in a story that frequently takes on a phantasmagoric caliber and appears to be like a meditation at the outcomes of ethical degradation and the inescapable presence of evil.

Mercè Rodoreda (1908–1983) is generally considered as crucial Catalan author of the 20 th century. Exiled in France and Switzerland following the Spanish Civil conflict, Rodoreda begun writing the novels and brief stories—Twenty-Two brief Stories, The Time of the Doves, Camellia Street, Garden via the Sea—that may ultimately make her the world over famous.

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