Novel on Catalan peasant life during the SCW

June 6, 2010

The Financial Times reviews the new translation of Stone in a Landslide by María Barbal:

Forced as a child to live with her aunt, Conxa toils the harsh farmland of the Pyrenees, finding love in the form of local builder, Jaume, until his involvement with the Communist revolutionaries threatens her hard-won security. As lapidary as its title suggests, this is a book of muted emotions. Conxa’s world is one in which the individual is secondary to the collective, character inseparable from landscape. But there’s an understated power in Barbal’s depiction of how the forces of history can shape the life of the powerless – seemingly unmovable stones swept from a mountain by a landslide.

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