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La tardor de 1932, Josep M. de Sagarra (1894-1961) va publicar Vida privada, una de les grans novel·les de la història de la literatura catalana. Hi narra, com és conegut, la degradació social i moral d'un sector de la burgesia catalana dels anys trenta del segle XX, una societat que Sagarra coneixia bé i que havia observat amb una implacable ironia. La novel·la esdevé, en ...more
Paperback, Edició conmemorativa 75 aniversari, 416 pages
Published 2007 by A Tot Vent (first published 1932)
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Dec 24, 2015 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the publisher Archipelago tells us, “Sagarra set out to write the great Catalan novel and the result: a scathing critique of the decadent and disappearing aristocratic class of Catalonia.” Josep Maria de Sagarra (1894-1961) is considered the best known Catalan writer, and we must be grateful to Archipelago for this excellent new translation bringing the novel to an English-speaking audience for the first time. It’s a rambling and sprawling epic, a soap opera of life in Barcelona, with a ...more
Antoni Vallejo
Nov 06, 2013 Antoni Vallejo rated it it was amazing
Canònic. Sobretot per l'estil del llenguatge. Sens dubte, Sagarra i Pla són els dos artífexs més destacats del català literari modern.
Nov 06, 2011 Frank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a curious novel. As in many modernist novels, there's not a single sympathetic character in it (which sometimes makes me long a little for the comforts of easy reading, like the novel I read just before this one: Colins' The Moonstone). Like many novels of the late 19th and early 20th century it's a portrait of social change, of aristocracy gone to seed. Echoes of Mann, Proust, James, take your pick.

James also suggests itself to me because of Sagarra's florid style. It's not Jamesian, bu
Julia Alberino
Jan 29, 2016 Julia Alberino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Three stars for the story--by the end I felt as if I knew these people, even though they inhabited a world very different from my own (Barcelona in the late 1920s). The way the characters' stories interwove, diverged, and came back together was fascinating. The fourth star is for the translation; I never felt as if I were reading a translation, the flow was so natural.
Sep 01, 2016 tn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jun 04, 2012 Silvia rated it really liked it
El argumento, algo folletinesco, es sin duda lo de menos, lo realmente remarcable de este libro es la descripción sin piedad de una clase social. Le sobran unas cuantas páginas pero es un gran libro imprescindible para entender esta ciudad, esta tierra
Arnau Duran
Nov 17, 2014 Arnau Duran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novel·la emblemàtica de Barcelona, de la literatura catalana, una delícia de llenguatge, una meravella de descripcions. Imperdible.
Mar 15, 2016 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kind of gob-smacked on this one, just browsing through the library lists and liking the cover yet having heard nothing of Josep Maria de Sagarra previously, this was a tour de force reminiscent of Henry James although with sentences that are slightly less lengthy but similarly beautiful and complex.

Like James, in Private Life there is an awareness of class mores and the distinctions between class and money, but here it is between the fading dissolute Barcelona aristocracy and the emerging mercan
For some time I've wondered if I'd ever find the fitting counterpart to the great Russian novel. For an equally long time, that seemed like an impossible thing to do. Yet after finishing "Private Life", I think Sagarra managed to write a brilliant novel that can be justly called the distant, younger cousin of the Russian greats. It is much more sexually charged and explicit, and the names are just as complex to keep track of - the narrator particularly enjoys pointing out a character who ...more
Apr 16, 2016 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel elegantly depicts the decline of the Spanish aristocracy in the 1920s and 30s. However, it lacks what you might call forward momentum – unless you count the story of a formerly wealthy family in its final spasms of dissipation, which has all the urgency of watching champagne lose its fizz, few characters seem to end in places very different from where they started. It's short on dialogue and action, and long on passages which explore the psychological nooks and crannies of its ...more
World Literature Today
"In a time of income disparity and a general shrinking of the middle class in many countries worldwide, it is apropos that Mary Ann Newman would create a new translation of the Catalan novel Private Life by Josep Maria de Sagarra. The novel itself is concerned with holding up a mirror to Barcelona’s elite, exposing all the selfishness and audacity of wealth and power in the early twentieth century." - Sarah Warren

This book was reviewed in the September/October 2016 issue of World Literature Toda
Jul 24, 2014 Laura rated it liked it
Clarament és una fotografia de la Barcelona del segle XX i ajuda a compendre l'estil de vida de les persones d'aquella època.
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Sagarra, Josep Maria de (Josep Maria de Sagarra i Castellarnau) (zhōsĕp' mərē'ə dā səgär'rə ē kästəl-lyär'nou), 1894-1961, Catalonian poet, novelist, and playwright. He published his first poems at the age of 12 and later, on the advice of his mentors Miquel Costa i Llobera and Joan Maragall i Gorina, abandoned law for writing. Among his important poetic works are Cançons d'abril i novembre [songs ...more
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