So I Won't Forget

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So I Won't Forget is a collection of eighteen stories interspersed with a series of vignettes that portray a whole century of Spanish history as it is redefined through the emotional prism of three generations of women: those born in the early 20th Century who had to confront the reality of war, hunger and material misery; those who had to adapt to Franco's dictatorship at the cost of seeing their emotional space affected; and those born in the last years of Franco, or in the dawn of democracy, who took the lead their mothers and grandmothers offered them, and dared to question, for the first time, part of the values they had handed down to them. The narratives are arranged according to the rhythm of memory, and without paying too much attention to the historical moment in which each of them takes place, except for anecdotes inserted among the stories—where the same voice of a woman born in the early 20th Century serenely narrates what her life was like having been marked by hunger and want. Although you can read each story independently, as a whole they end up creating a chorale narrative, giving shape to the collective memory of a century.

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About the author (2007)

Paquita Suárez Coalla is a Spanish writer and professor at BMCC (City University of New York). She is also co-founder of Latino Artists Round Table, a cultural group that organizes readings and conferences of Hispanic writers from all the different regions of Latin America, the United States, and Spain. She has published Pa nun escaeceme (Oviedo: Trabe, 2003), a book of short stories; La mio vida ye una novela (Oviedo: Trabe, 2001) which is based on testimonies depicting the life of rural women from Asturias, and she is also the editor of the anthology Aquí me tocó escribir. Antología de escritores latinos de Nueva York (Oviedo: Trabe 2006). In 1994, as a literary critic, she published the book La literatura fantástica en la obra de Adolfo Bioy Casares. Paquita Suárez-Coalla writes in Spanish and Asturian, her native language.

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