Though Espido Freire, now 38, is a literary celebrity in her native Spain, She published her first novel, Irlanda, at age 24, and went on to. The latest addition to my website is Espido Freire’s Irlanda (Irlanda). Freire’s first novel is the only one of her novels to be translated into English. I love Espido Freire’s Irlanda and it has always annoyed me that it isn’t more widely known. At least, now people can read it in English. Yay!.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Preview — Irlanda by Espido Freire. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I find their conversation while going through the chests to be especially telling in this respect. The language in the book is often filled with wonderful phrases that go beyond the young age of the narrator, which freide create a physiological and atmospheric novel.

Espido Freire’s Irlanda in English, Finally!

Apr 05, Cristina Gallardo rated it really liked it. Especially the moment when Natalia brings up the toffee apples. Mariane rated it liked it Jun 30, Refresh and try again. Interestingly enough, it has freirre published in English by a publisher I had not heard of before: Jan 16, Juan Quibrera rated it really liked it. Learning About the American History: Freire tells an excellent story of a girl who irlanra fit in.

And then one starts to think, what s the source of fear in this novel?

Espido Freire: Irlanda (Irlanda) – The Modern Novel

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Another excerpt from the novel was published in the Summer issue of The Modern Review. Als sie zu Cousin und Cousine aufs Land geschickt wird, trifft sie nach langer Zeit wieder auf normale junge Leute in ihrem Alter. Natalia has not seen Roberto and Irlanda for three years and is very impressed when she arrives at their lovely house in the country.


Barcelona first published Her home is imbued with a sorrowful gloom, and her Aunt yearns for her to come to the country estate and spend a lovely summer with her cousins Roberto and Irlanda. Natalia has a herbarium, ffreire collection of pressed plants. And that is all I will say about the plot Her youngest frere is normally just referred to as the little one.

Feb 26, Kurai rated it it was ok. Want to Read saving….

March 25, at 5: Spare, clean prose with startlingly morbid, disturbing, and beautiful imagery; sentences that will squeeze your heart dry until you are left gasping for breath. You know as well as I that the question has several possible answers—the US publishing market, the seemingly absent word-of-mouth that exists between us and everything beyond the Atlantic Ocean with the exception of a few musiciansthe list goes on. The three girls share a room.

It is also noteworthy that Espido Freire has been active in supporting animals rights and protection, as for instance she participated in the cycle of conferences which took place in the Parliament of Catalonia in order to abolish bullfighting. But let me toss another possibility into the mix—could it have to do with the subject matter? You are commenting using your Facebook account.

To her, of course, eespido up consists of staying a child, which parallels what she says in one of the earlier chapters. And like Jane Eyre—another tower-climbing Gothic heroine who narrates her own tale—Natalia refers often to fairy tales and folk superstitions to explain her actions and reactions in the story. He bludgeoned the woman within an inch of her life to punish her for leaving him.


See 1 question about Irlanda…. Es la primera freite que leo de Espido Freire.

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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. And then to find out that the lending library checked it out for a whole year on my behalf…I felt like I was in heaven. Natalia, a shy young woman who has barely left the family since the death of her sister Sagrario, spent a summer in the old country house of the grandmother with her cousins. This is a rather stranger and still stranger book that is told from the This story starts with the recent death of Natalia’s younger sister, which expected, causes the iflanda to grieve and wanting a change.

The strongest emotions she ever expresses are fear for herself and dislike for Irlanda. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

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In order to achieve this goal, she engages in a variety of hugely transgressive acts. You have no idea how happy I am to be reading it. Natalia has two sisters one of whom, Sagrario, has recently died after a long illness.

But Irlanda seems to me to be another example preaching the volatility of fairy tales, rather than their immobility. Natalia also seems to avoid unpleasant things, which is good for Irlanda. The stunning cover design is by Nicoletta Ceccoli.

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