Death in Spring by Merce Rodoreda

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When you read this book, read it for its beauty, for the way it will surprise and subvert your desires, and as a testament to the human spirit in the face of brutality and willful inhumanity.
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Musical and rhythmic, Death in Spring relates the bizarre and destructive customs of a nameless town through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old boy who must come to terms with the rhyme and reason of this ritual violence, and with his wild, childlike, and teenaged stepmother, who becomes his playmate.

 

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Merce Rodoreda (1908-1983) is widely regarded as the most important Catalan writer of the twentieth century. Rodoreda began writing short stories as an escape from an unhappy early marriage, and in the early 1930s she began publishing political articles and wrote four early novels. Exiled in France and Switzerland following the Spanish Civil War, Rodoreda began writing the novels and short stories--Twenty-two Short Stories, The Times of the Doves, Camellia Street, Garden by the Sea--that would eventually make her internationally famous, while at the same time earning a living as a seamstress. In the mid-1960s she returned to Catalonia, where she continued to write. Death in Spring was published posthumously, and is translated into English for the first time here. Martha Tennent, a translator from Catalan and Spanish, was born in the United States, but has lived most of her life in Barcelona. She recently translated the novel "The Violin of Auschwitz" by Maria ngels Anglada.
 
Published May 15, 2009 by Open Letter. 150 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jesmyn Ward on Sep 01 2011

When you read this book, read it for its beauty, for the way it will surprise and subvert your desires, and as a testament to the human spirit in the face of brutality and willful inhumanity.

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