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"Rodoreda had bedazzled me via the sensuality with which she unearths issues in the surroundings of her novels."—Gabriel García Marquez
"Rodoreda plumbs a disappointment that reaches past historical conditions . . . a virtually voluptuous vulnerability."—Natasha Wimmer, The Nation
"It is a complete secret to me why [Rodoreda] is not largely worshipped; in addition to Willa Cather, she's on my checklist of authors whose works I intend to have learn all of earlier than I die. large, great writer."—John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats
Despite its name, there's little of battle and masses of the wonderful during this coming-of-age tale, which used to be the final novel Mercè Rodoreda released in the course of her lifetime.
We first meet its younger protagonist, Adrià Guinart, as he's leaving Barcelona out of boredom and a thirst for freedom, embarking on a protracted trip in the course of the backwaters of a rural land that you can simply believe is Catalonia, followed by way of the interminable, far away rumblings of an indefinable battle. In vignette-like chapters and with a story variety imbued with the wonderful, Guinart meets with a number of adventures and weird characters who supply him a composite, if surrealistic, view of an impoverished, war-ravaged society and form his conception of his position within the world.
As in Rodoreda's Death in Spring, nature and loss of life play an primary position in a story that frequently takes on a phantasmagoric caliber and looks a meditation at the outcomes of ethical degradation and the inescapable presence of evil.
Mercè Rodoreda (1908–1983) is generally considered as an important Catalan author of the 20 th century. Exiled in France and Switzerland following the Spanish Civil conflict, Rodoreda started writing the novels and brief stories—Twenty-Two brief Stories, The Time of the Doves, Camellia Street, Garden by way of the Sea—that could finally make her the world over famous.