A Broken Mirror

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U of Nebraska Press, 2006 - Fiction - 218 pages
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In its moment of great splendor the novel was held as a mirror of society: Merc_ Rodoreda shatters that mirror in this, her most ambitious novel, which tells its story in brilliant fragments, a vision reflected and refracted and finally coming together in a richly articulated mosaic of life. Through this Broken Mirror, the reader sees events and characters spanning three generations and composing a kaleidoscopic family history ranging over six decades and turning upon events both intimate and historic?most notably the Spanish Civil War.



Opening with Teresa Goday, the lovely young fishmonger?s daughter married to a wealthy old man, the story shifts from one perspective to another, reflecting from myriad angles the founding of a matriarchal dynasty?and its eventual, seemingly inevitable disintegration. A family saga extending from the prosperous Barcelona of the 1870s to the advent of the Franco dictatorship, A Broken Mirror is finally also a novel about the inexorable passing of time.

 

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The works of Catalan writer Rodoreda (The Time of the Doves) are difficult to find in English, and this translation will be particularly welcome to readers of Spanish and European literature. Set in ... Read full review

Contents

A Jewel of Value
3
Barbara
10
Salvador Valldaura and Teresa Goday
15
A Villa in Sant Gervasi
22
A Storm in Spring
25
loaquim Bergadl in Barcelona
31
The Boy Jesus Masdu
37
Bees and Wisteria
41
Ramon and Maria
132
Ramon Leaves Home
135
Maria Listens behind the Door
137
Eladi Farriols and Attorney Riera
139
Maria
141
The Laurel
145
Goodbye Maria
148
The Stone Slab
151

SpringCleaning
44
Eladi Farriols
49
n Father and Daughter
55
Lady Godiva
59
Masdeu the Painter
63
Sofias Wedding
64
Births
69
The Servants in Summer
74
The Children
80
A Turtledove at the Window
97
PART TWO
101
Attorney Riera
103
Time Past
109
The Piano Teacher
110
Eladi with a Chambermaid
114
Armandas Earrings
119
Eulalia and Quim Bergada
120
Sofia
123
Senyoreta Rosa
125
Eladi Goes to Get His Children
129
A New Set of Servants
153
Eladi Farriolss Wake
156
Sofia
161
Dreams
163
PART THREE
167
A Morning
169
Youth
170
Teresas Death
178
Closed Rooms
182
Come Back Soon Senyoreta Sofia
186
The Villa
190
The Very Old Attorney Goes for a Walk
194
The Movers
200
Marias Ghost
201
Sofia and the Movers
204
Ramon
208
Armanda
210
The Rat
215
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Merc_ Rodoreda (1908?1983) has emerged as perhaps the most important fiction writer of the twentieth century in Catalan literature and is one of the most interesting writers of the contemporary Spanish literary world. She is primarily known in this country for her novel The Time of the Doves, published in English translation. Josep Miquel Sobrer is a professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University. The editor of Catalan Review, he has also edited and translated an anthology of Catalan texts, Catalonia: A Self-Portrait. ø

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