Mercè Rodoreda


Born
in Barcelona, Spain
October 10, 1908

Died
April 13, 1983

Genre

Influences


Mercè Rodoreda i Gurguí was a 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 languages. It's also considered by many to be best novel dealing with the Spanish Civil War.

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3.92 avg rating — 1,698 ratings — published 1974 — 37 editions
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The Time of the Doves

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3.84 avg rating — 4,406 ratings — published 1962 — 82 editions
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Aloma

3.60 avg rating — 1,134 ratings — published 1936 — 19 editions
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Death in Spring

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3.84 avg rating — 1,118 ratings — published 1986 — 22 editions
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La Plaza del Diamante & La ...

3.89 avg rating — 321 ratings — published 1983
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Jardí vora el mar

3.74 avg rating — 629 ratings — published 1967 — 16 editions
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Camellia Street

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3.71 avg rating — 391 ratings — published 1966 — 18 editions
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War, So Much War

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3.75 avg rating — 231 ratings — published 1980 — 15 editions
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The Selected Stories

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4.03 avg rating — 103 ratings — published 1958 — 5 editions
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My Christina and Other Stories

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3.68 avg rating — 167 ratings — published 1967 — 6 editions
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“And I got a strong feeling of the passage of time. Not the time of clouds and sun and rain and the moving stars that adorn the night, not spring when its time comes or fall, not the time that makes leaves bud on branches and then tears them off or folds and unfolds and colors the flowers, but the time inside me, the time you can't see but it molds us. The time that rolls on and on in people's hearts and makes them roll along with it and gradually changes us inside and out and makes us what we'll be on our dying day.”
Merce Rodoreda, The Time of the Doves

“Breathing. Only the chore and sadness of breathing and breathing, as things change from tender to dry, new to old, the night-moon that grows thin then swells, the fireless sun that lights up, the soughing of wind that transports, shatters, gathers, and drives away the clouds, raising and flattening the dust. Only the sorrow of going to sleep and waking up, feeling life without knowing where it comes from, aware that it will flee without knowing why it was given to you, why it is taken from you. Here you are: there is this and this and this. And now, enough.”
Mercè Rodoreda, Death in Spring

“... може би ще срещна някоя локва по пътечките ... а във всяка локва, колкото и малка да е, ще има небе ...”
Mercè Rodoreda, The Time of the Doves

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