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


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 (1908-1983) is widely regarded as the most important Catalan writer of the twentieth century. Rodoreda began writing short stories as an escape from an unhappy early marriage, and in the early 1930s she began publishing political articles and wrote four early novels. Exiled in France and Switzerland following the Spanish Civil War, Rodoreda began writing the novels and short stories--Twenty-two Short Stories, The Times of the Doves, Camellia Street, Garden by the Sea--that would eventually make her internationally famous, while at the same time earning a living as a seamstress. In the mid-1960s she returned to Catalonia, where she continued to write. Death in Spring was published posthumously, and is translated into English for the first time here.

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.

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