Butterfly's Tongue: Three Stories
Harvill, 2000 - 55 pages
'Butterfly's Tongue' tells of the friendship between a schoolboy and an anarchist schoolmaster, born of a shared interest in animal and insect life, which is destroyed by the eruption of the Spanish Civil War in the summer of 1936. Other stories are woven around characters who appear in this central story. In 'A Saxophone in the Mist', a young musician discovers the meaning of music and of love in the face of a girl he meets one foggy night at a fair. In 'Carmina' a boy listen as a man relates how a dog frustrated him in his attempts to woo his beloved. Each of these magical stories by the Galician writer Manuel Rivas, the basis for the memorable film by Jos Luis Cerda, evokes the wonder of a young boy's first encounter with the adult world and his first experiences of human passion and the mysteries of unrequited love.
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