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By Mercè Rodoreda

Title note: unique name Quanta, quanta guerra...

Despite its identify, there's little of conflict 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 a protracted trip during the backwaters of a rural land that you'll in basic terms consider is Catalonia, observed via the interminable, far away rumblings of an indefinable conflict. In vignette-like chapters and with a story variety imbued with the glorious, Guinart meets with a variety 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 loss of life play an primary function 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 via the sensuality with which she finds issues in the surroundings of her novels."— Gabriel García Marquez

"Rodoreda plumbs a disappointment that reaches past historical situations . . . a nearly voluptuous vulnerability."— Natasha Wimmer, The Nation

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

Mercè Rodoreda (1908–1983) is greatly considered as an important Catalan author of the 20 th century. Exiled in France and Switzerland following the Spanish Civil warfare, Rodoreda all started writing the novels and brief stories—Twenty-Two brief Stories, The Time of the Doves, Camellia Street, Garden by means of the Sea—that might ultimately make her across the world famous.

Literary Awards
Premi Ciutat de Barcelona (1980)
Premi Crítica Serra d'Or for novel·la (1980)

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