HomeGroupsTalkMoreZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Selected Stories of Mercè Rodoreda by…
Loading...

The Selected Stories of Mercè Rodoreda (edition 2011)

by Mercè Rodoreda (Author)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
523373,983 (3.9)38
"The humor in the stories, as well as their thrill of realism, comes from a Nabokovian precision of observation and transformation of plain experience into enchanting prose."--Los Angeles Times Collected here are thirty-one of Mercè Rodoreda's most moving and challenging stories, presented in chronological order of their publication from three of Rodoreda's most beloved short story collections:Twenty-Two Stories,It Seemed Like Silk and Other Stories, andMy Christina and Other Stories. These stories capture Rodoreda's full range of expression, from quiet literary realism to fragmentary impressionism to dark symbolism. Few writers have captured so clearly, or explored so deeply, the lives of women who are stuck somewhere between senseless modernity and suffocating tradition--Rodoreda's "women are notable for their almost pathological lack of volition, but also for their acute sensitivity, a nearly painful awareness of beauty" (Natasha Wimmer). Mercè Rodoreda is widely regarded as the most important Catalan writer of the twentieth century. Exiled to France during the Spanish Civil War, and only able to return to Catalonia in the mid-1960s, she wrote a number of highly praised works, includingThe Time of the Doves andDeath in Spring. Martha Tennent was born in the U.S, but has lived most of her life in Barcelona where she served as founding dean of the School of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Vic. She translates from Spanish and Catalan, and received an NEA Translation Fellowship for her work on Rodoreda.… (more)
Member:Aminboldi
Title:The Selected Stories of Mercè Rodoreda
Authors:Mercè Rodoreda (Author)
Info:Open Letter (2011), Edition: 1st, 255 pages
Collections:Translated Fiction
Rating:
Tags:None

Work details

The Selected Stories of Merce Rodoreda by Mercè Rodoreda

None.

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 38 mentions

Showing 3 of 3
Rodoreda's plots are sinuous. She casts them out like a fishing line, inexorably reeling them in. Along the way characters become dislocated, events do not play out as anticipated; atmosphere and environment become deceptive; surreal-dreamlike transitions happen abruptly. I assume her work became much more magical, but ever-more intensified as she got deeper into her life. As I continued along reading, taking my time, savoring each story, I developed a deep respect for the deep beauty of her descriptive, evocative, narrative and overall literary power. I've no doubt at all her abilities had a close relationship to her distinctive, yet marginalized, Catalan origins. ( )
  brianfergusonwpg | Oct 30, 2019 |
The first two melancholy representations of women defined entirely by their relationships to men depressed me, so I skipped to the last story, ‘White Geranium’. Again there is a helpless woman, but this time there is a male narrator so subsumed by jealousy that he tortures his wife in her dying days so that she will die quicker. It’s quite horrible: he won’t let her change her clothes and he blows a stolen trumpet in her ears to disrupt her sleep. But after she dies he dresses her in the pink dress that she made to make Cosme, his boss, fall in love with her. He desecrates her body in other ways too, including breaking off a tooth which he uses to tease the cat that Cosme had given her. The story then weaves into dark symbolism with magical elements. Horrible as it is, and though again it features a woman with no agency, it’s a much better story than the first two, which seem quite ordinary to me and notable only for the old-fashioned helplessness of the women. It’s this story which makes the helplessness make sense…

*lightbulb moment in Lisa’s brain*

Spain was helpless under the iron rule of General Franco for generations, from 1939 to 1975. The Spouse tells a story from when he was living in the inner suburbs about how the streets erupted into celebratory dance and song from former Spanish refugees when Franco died. Like present day North Koreans enduring a merciless rule, there was nothing they could do except wait for deliverance or to escape. So Rodoreda’s stories of women with no volition can be read as an analogy for her country in submission to a tyrant, under constant surveillance, fantasising about a future that can only be hastened by violence, and desecrated by one so desperate to cling to power that he destroys the thing he loves.

To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2017/07/16/the-selected-stories-of-merce-rodoreda-trans... ( )
  anzlitlovers | Jul 15, 2017 |
It’s been a while since I finished The Selected Stories of Merce Rodoreda, published by Open Letter Books, so details of individual stories are a little hazy, but overall, the collection impressed me. The stories are full of drama and passion, not at all like the quiet stories with small epiphanies that you find so often in American short fiction. I like quiet stories as well, but it was a nice change to have more action, more bright, vibrant characters and overpowering emotions.

Rodoreda is a Catalan writer who died in 1983; these stories come from three collections published in 1958, 1978, and one that (as far as I can tell) was collected after her death. These stories are published in chronological order, and become more experimental toward the end, moving toward a more impressionistic, stream-of-consciousness style. I was less taken with these stories than with the more realistic ones, but it was interesting to see her moving in new directions and experimenting with new styles.

Read the rest of the review at Of Books and Bicycles.
1 vote rhussey174 | Apr 7, 2011 |
Showing 3 of 3
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

"The humor in the stories, as well as their thrill of realism, comes from a Nabokovian precision of observation and transformation of plain experience into enchanting prose."--Los Angeles Times Collected here are thirty-one of Mercè Rodoreda's most moving and challenging stories, presented in chronological order of their publication from three of Rodoreda's most beloved short story collections:Twenty-Two Stories,It Seemed Like Silk and Other Stories, andMy Christina and Other Stories. These stories capture Rodoreda's full range of expression, from quiet literary realism to fragmentary impressionism to dark symbolism. Few writers have captured so clearly, or explored so deeply, the lives of women who are stuck somewhere between senseless modernity and suffocating tradition--Rodoreda's "women are notable for their almost pathological lack of volition, but also for their acute sensitivity, a nearly painful awareness of beauty" (Natasha Wimmer). Mercè Rodoreda is widely regarded as the most important Catalan writer of the twentieth century. Exiled to France during the Spanish Civil War, and only able to return to Catalonia in the mid-1960s, she wrote a number of highly praised works, includingThe Time of the Doves andDeath in Spring. Martha Tennent was born in the U.S, but has lived most of her life in Barcelona where she served as founding dean of the School of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Vic. She translates from Spanish and Catalan, and received an NEA Translation Fellowship for her work on Rodoreda.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.9)
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3 2
3.5 1
4
4.5
5 2

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 151,668,361 books! | Top bar: Always visible