War, So Much War

War, So Much War

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"We first meet the young protagonist, Adrià Guinart, as he is leaving Barcelona out of boredom and a thirst for freedom, embarking on a long journey through the backwaters of a rural land, accompanied by the interminable, distant rumblings of an indefinable war. In vignette-like chapters and a narrative style imbued with the fantastic, Guinart meets with numerous adventures and peculiar characters who offer him a surrealistic view of an impoverished, war-ravaged society and shape his perception of his place in the world"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Rochester, NY :, Open Letter, Literary translations from the University of Rochester,, 2015
Edition: First edition
Description: 185 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781940953229
1940953227
Branch Call Number: Rodo
Additional Contributors: Tennent, Martha
Relaño, Maruxa

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lukasevansherman
Dec 21, 2016

"We'll tell people we laughed at the bullets and the bombs."
I have to strongly disagree with the other commentator. I think it's lazy and inaccurate to describe this is "magical realism," even if a Gabriel Garcia Marquez quote is featured on the cover. It seems fantastical would be more appropriate, like some of Salman Rushdie's books. Anyway, "War, So Much War" is the final novel by the Catalan novelist Merce Rodoreda, and I'd highly recommend it to readers of world literature and those looking for something a little out of the ordinary. Published by the University of Rochester's Open Letter press.

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sandyc99
Nov 20, 2016

Very choppy between chapters. Magic realism, for me, only works if the realism is established solidly first, which is not the case in this book. No Garcia Marquez or Bulgakov.

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