Death in Spring
Publication Date: May 2009
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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.
Francesc Trabal was born in Sabadell, Spain, in 1899. He contributed to numerous magazines from an early age, and was a centrally important author, editor, and journalist for the Catalan community before being forced into exile after the Spanish Civil War. He died in Santiago, Chile, in 1957.
For a writer, each novel is a labor of love. But what about the reader's toil? Author Jesmyn Ward explains why the beautiful and brutal Death in Spring, by Catalan author Merce Rodoreda, is worth its weight in trials and tribulations. More at NPR.org
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