By Mercè Rodoreda
Title note: unique identify Quanta, quanta guerra...
Despite its identify, there's little of warfare and masses of the glorious during this coming-of-age tale, which was once 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 a protracted trip throughout the backwaters of a rural land that you possibly can basically feel is Catalonia, observed through the interminable, far away rumblings of an indefinable struggle. In vignette-like chapters and with a story variety imbued with the glorious, Guinart meets with a number of adventures and bizarre characters who supply him a composite, if surrealistic, view of an impoverished, war-ravaged society and form his belief of his position within the world.
As in Rodoreda's Death in Spring, nature and dying play an primary position in a story that regularly takes on a phantasmagoric caliber and seems a meditation at the outcomes of ethical degradation and the inescapable presence of evil.
"Rodoreda had bedazzled me by means of the sensuality with which she finds issues in the surroundings of her novels."— Gabriel García Marquez
"Rodoreda plumbs a disappointment that reaches past historical conditions . . . a virtually voluptuous vulnerability."— Natasha Wimmer, The Nation
"It is a complete secret to me why [Rodoreda] isn't generally worshipped; besides Willa Cather, she's on my checklist of authors whose works I intend to have learn all of earlier than I die. super, great writer."— John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats
Mercè Rodoreda (1908–1983) is broadly considered as crucial Catalan author of the 20th century. Exiled in France and Switzerland following the Spanish Civil battle, Rodoreda started writing the novels and brief stories—Twenty-Two brief Stories, The Time of the Doves, Camellia Street, Garden via the Sea—that may finally make her across the world famous.
Premi Ciutat de Barcelona (1980)
Premi Crítica Serra d'Or for novel·la (1980)