A Woman Unknown by Lucia Graves
Voices from a Spanish Life

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Lucia Graves, daughter of the poet Robert Graves, was raised by her parents on the island of Majorca, in postwar Spain. At home she spoke English and absorbed the family's thoroughly British culture; in her mountain village she spoke the local variant of Catalan and was steeped in the island's Mediterranean folkways; and in convent school she received a rigid Franco-era Spanish education, a mix of Catholicism and fascist ideology. Her beautifully nuanced memoir, already published in England to great acclaim, is a profound meditation on how these three cultures and languages-English, Catalan, and Spanish-have shaped her life and thought. It is also a many-voiced portrait of Spain under Franco, tracing the patterns of love, sacrifice, and female forbearance that mark not only her own life but those of other Spanish women she has known. Her individual portraits are masterly-"through them," said the Daily Telegraph, "matters barely mentioned in most histories of the Franco years become appallingly real"-and her ability to articulate the essence of Spain has won her deserved comparison to Orwell and V.S. Pritchett.
 

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Carlos Ruiz Zafn, thirty-nine, grew up in Barcelona. "The Shadow of the Wind" has spent more than a year on the Spanish bestseller list, much of it at number one, and has sold in more than twenty countries. Lucia Graves was raised on the island of Majorca in postwar Spain. She has published Spanish-language editions of the work of her father, the poet Robert Graves, and books by Katherine Mansfield and Anas Nin.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by VIRAGO PRESS LTD. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Graves, daughter and translator of the famed poet and novelist Robert Graves, spent her early life in Majorca, where her father had installed the family in bohemian exile from England.

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A hybrid of biography, memoir and travel essay, this is a portrait of life in the dazzling cornucopia of Spain. Graves is the only daughter of poet Robert Graves's first marriage. Born in Devon, Engla

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A hybrid of biography, memoir and travel essay, this is a portrait of life in the dazzling cornucopia of Spain.

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