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Cuánta, cuánta guerra

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  124 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
"Rodoreda had bedazzled me by the sensuality with which she reveals things within the atmosphere of her novels." Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"Rodoreda plumbs a sadness that reaches beyond historic circumstances . . . an almost voluptuous vulnerability." Natasha Wimmer, "The Nation"

"It is a total mystery to me why [Rodoreda] isn't widely worshipped; along with Willa Cather, she's
222 pages
Published 2002 by Edhasa (first published 1980)
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Apr 27, 2016 jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
even if we win this war it'll be as though we've lost it, the way a war is set up, everyone loses.
published a few years before she passed away in 1980 of liver cancer, mercè rodoreda's war, so much war (quanta, quanta guerra...) is a picaresque bildungsroman of great sorrow. set in catalonia, the author's home region, war, so much war follows young adrià and his itinerant wanderings through war-scarred towns, villages, and countryside, encountering a surfeit of horrors tempered by the occasion
Christopher Alonso
Okay, I'm a bit torn on this one. It didn't blow me away. It reminded me a lot of Silvina Ocampo if she wrote a novel. Psychological, fantastic, not sure if what's going on is actually going on. There are definitely unsettling parts and lots of talk about death. Death is kind of its own character here, in the background, there and not there until it makes itself known. I really liked it, and I recommend it if you're looking for odd, storytelling with that surreal twist.
here is a nice re-cap by a first time rodoreda reader

rodoreda sends a young man to war and he wanders away from the 'front' and records his journey, his starving, horror filled journey away, and people he meets, kind and cruel. towards the end he decides to just keep wandering and never 'go home' though all signs tell him, go home go home.
has nebulous but based-on-fact scenes from spanish civil war, the real last battle being the epitome of waste, horror,
World Literature Today
This book was featured in the Nota Benes section of the May/Aug 2016 issue of World Literature Today Magazine.
Jeff Jackson
Rodereda is a great writer and there are stunning passages here, but it's nowhere close to "Time of the Doves" or her best stories.
More later.
Adrià Guinart lives in Barcelona with his mother and adopted younger sister. But at the first chance he gets he leaves his home and joins an unnamed war that is ravaging the countryside. He is only fifteen-years-old and what he sees while the war is raging forms the bulk of this bizarre and surreal narrative. The book almost reads like a series of shorts stories, each of which is based on a different character that Adria meets while he is away from home at war.

There is very little fighting or wa
Apr 26, 2016 Tonymess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have spent the last couple of months getting through the United Kingdom based Man Booker International prize longlist, but at the same time I had one eye looking sideways at the emerging titles on the United States based Best Translated Book Award. The Man Booker International Prize announced a longlist of thirteen titles on 10 March, and trimmed the list to six on 14 April, giving avid readers five weeks to get through their list. Meanwhile the Best Translated Book Award announces a fiction l ...more
Chris Roberts
Aug 09, 2015 Chris Roberts rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A Shrapnel Postcard, From Me to You

War me in the forever days...

Mechanized steel, cloaked in haze...

All the light we cannot see...

Is in that grenade hanging mid-air, a metal sculpture...

Twisting and turning, a conical hum...

The in-between time...runs out...

Exploding fragments and radiating pinwheel patterns...

A shrapnel postcard, from me to you...

The author as trance, a rote storyline...

Children under metal skies, skirt again, the land mine...

Chris Roberts
JM Schreiber
Mar 19, 2016 JM Schreiber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For all its surreal, fairy tale elements, this coming of age story set, presumably, in Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War is filled with both sadness and hope. For my full review, see:
Katie Stafford
Oct 28, 2007 Katie Stafford rated it liked it
This book is okay. I really like this author, however. Check out 'Plaza del Diamante'
Viviana Calabria
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Rodoreda, come dirà nel prologo, ha scelto di lasciarla sullo sfondo questa guerra che accompagnerà il protagonista, un ragazzino di nome Adrià, che decide di fuggire dalla sua casa dopo la morte delle sorelle, per conoscere il mondo che è al di fuori del suo paese. Un bambino che non conosce cosa c’è davvero fuori ma che ha voglia di scoprirlo, spesso a proprie spese. «Adrià Guinart è l’antieroe. Mi è venuto così. forse perché non
Txe Polon
Més que d'una novel·la, es tracta d'un recull de proses curtes amb un fil conductor que no és sinó aquest protagonista absent que respon al nom d'Adrià. Absent perquè en realitat la seva història encara està ha de ser contada, ell només es un conducte a través del qual els altres s'expressen i ens transmeten la seva experiència, ja que l'Adrià els lleva -amb l'apatia d'un observador desorientat- la seva propia veu, amb la qual s'acaben confonen les veus de tot un entramat de personatges que conf ...more
May 10, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: senegal, spain
It took me a long time to really begin to enjoy this book, written in Catalan by a Spanish author who died in the 1980's in Spain after years in exile. The book is - loosely - set during the Spanish Civil War. Adria Guinart, a young man, leaves home to fight in the War (on the Republican side we infer though it is never made entirely clear.) He wanders, is hurt, avoids fighting, is helped, hindered, fed, starved, hurt, succored - all in a very impressionistic manner. This is not a "one sitting" ...more
Jun 25, 2016 Røbert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world, spain
Some nice writing, but it is one of those books which stumbles from one encounter to another, without them hanging together. This Alice in Wonderlnd style is not to my taste, I never really connected with the characters at all. Judging by the other reviews, perhaps not the best introduction to Mercè Rodoreda's work, and perhaps it makes more sense in the context of having read her other work?
Jan 21, 2014 Calamarsa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
És el llibre que menys m'ha agradat de Rodoreda, potser perquè l'estil no és dels meus preferits. És un llibre molt cinematogràfic: una plasmació d'escenes i imatges captades des d'una direcció poètica i onírica. Més que relatar, transmet sentiments. Un llibre ple d'episodis amb intenció de punyir-te el cor describint una realitat que es fa aliena, amb sols un grapat de pàgines.
Apr 18, 2016 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While not as impressive as A Broken Mirror, this is still a strong picaresque-esque novel. Very episodic, to the point where each individual story didn't seem to matter much. However, there are beautiful moments scattered throughout the narrative.
Like the publisher said: Less war than I expected, and more of the fantastic. Her refusal to use quotation marks is delicious. You get to pop in and out of everyone's head while maintaining cinematic focus. It's so good, y'all. It's so good.
Lukas Evan
The best Catalan novel I've ever read.
I was swept up in this. It carried along nicely through all the vignettes and built to a satisfying end.
Dec 10, 2015 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
As vivid and strange as last night's dream.
Lauren rated it really liked it
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May 14, 2015
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Mercè Rodoreda i Gurguí was a Spanish / Catalan novelist.

She is considered by many to be the most important Catalan novelist of the postwar period. Her novel "La plaça del diamant" ('The diamond square', translated as 'The Time of the Doves', 1962) has become the most acclaimed Catalan novel of all time and since the year it was published for the first time, it has been translated into over 20 lan
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