Death in Spring

Death in Spring Cover

Death in Spring

By Merce Rodoreda; Martha Tennent (Translator)

Open Letter Books, Hardcover, 9781934824115, 150pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2009

Description

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.



About the Author
Merce 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, including _The Time of the Doves_ and _Death 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.

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NPR
Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012

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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