Stone in a Landslide

Stone in a Landslide Peirene simply fell in love with the narrative voice of this beautiful love story A voice totally free of anger and bitterness a voice of someone who just tried to ride the waves to her best ability

  • Title: Stone in a Landslide
  • Author: Maria Barbal Paul Mitchell Laura McGloughlin
  • ISBN: 9780956284013
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback
  • Stone in a Landslide

    Peirene simply fell in love with the narrative voice of this beautiful love story A voice totally free of anger and bitterness, a voice of someone who just tried to ride the waves to her best ability It s a calming and rare voice in these times of recessionary gloom.Of course, a voice needs substance Here you go loss, love, life, guilt, hate, history, war and death ThPeirene simply fell in love with the narrative voice of this beautiful love story A voice totally free of anger and bitterness, a voice of someone who just tried to ride the waves to her best ability It s a calming and rare voice in these times of recessionary gloom.Of course, a voice needs substance Here you go loss, love, life, guilt, hate, history, war and death This little book covers it all, including an entire century and a complete life When I finished reading it I felt as if there was nothing to say.Admittedly, on the surface it sounds like any old country side story The Catalan Pyrenees at the beginning of the last century 13 year old Conxa is sent to live and work for her childless aunt in another village Years of hard work follow Eventually she finds love and happiness with Jaume But the civil war causes havoc and Conxa moves to Barcelona It is here that she, now an old woman, sits down to tell us her story.We ve heard such a story before, you say Well, what Maria Barbal has managed to do with Conxa s voice has few parallels in modern literature She created the voice of a perceptive person but with no formal education As a result she can t use modern jargon Instead she allows individual scenes to come to life making the reader see what, sometimes, Conxa herself does not understand It s a poetic, timeless voice, down to earth and full of contradictory nuances It s a voice that searches for understanding in a changing world but senses that ultimately there may be no such thing She s worth a listen.Translated from the Catalan by Laura McGloughlin andPaul Mitchell.

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    1. Steve

      Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.- Matthew, 5:13 The phrase "salt of the earth" is used in so many ways, and a quick web search yields little consensus. I personally use it to mean "a decent, dependable, unpretentious person," and it is in this sense that the narrator, nicknamed Conxa, of the novella Pedra de tartera (2008; translated into English a [...]

    2. Diane S ☔

      Though short in pages, the content is large in meaning. A Catalan peasant woman's life in the early 1900's, a life of hard work, sorrow but many joys, until the Spanish uprising. There will be a before and a after and has one of the most poignant expressions of grief for the death of a loved one that I have ever read. The story is told simply, words are used to their best effect, and some of the sentences are just beautiful. Also wonderful descriptions of what a life's memory contains and how te [...]

    3. Jola

      You don’t need either to display complicated narration fireworks or perform stylistic acrobatics to make your readers stare in awe at the last page of a book. Even a simple story can be told in a mesmerizing way. Sometimes less really means more. I feel indebted to a Catalan writer, Maria Barbal, for reminding me what matters most in literature. And not only in literature.‘Stone in a Landslide’ is a concise novella with a very traditional structure. Simple is a keyword here. Everything is [...]

    4. Bettie☯

      "I feel like a stone in a landslide. If someone or something disturbs it, I'll come tumbling down with the others. If nothing comes near I'll be here, still, for days and days"Description: Loss, love, life, guilt, hate, history, war and death. This little book covers it all, including an entire century and a complete life. When I finished reading it I felt as if there was nothing more to say.Admittedly, on the surface it sounds like any old country side story. The Catalan Pyrenees at the beginni [...]

    5. Alice Poon

      A powerful, heart-rending story told in Conxa's humble and impassive voice. Conxa is a simple Catalan peasant woman who accepts her crosses with grace, humility and stoicism. The story is set in Catalonia in the early 1900s. There is no drama in her life. There is only simple everyday living in a farming community, sometimes pleasant, but at most times trying, until one day a fatal blow from above snatches her husband away. Even after the ordeal of being oppressed by those wielding power, Conxa [...]

    6. Chrissie

      This book shook me to the core. It punched me in the stomach. It is not JUST about The Spanish Civil War, it poignantly has you live through ONE person's experiences. It does not teach the whole history of the war, but what it does teach is true, honest and the reader is there in that other world. It is the narrator's (Conxa's)whole life you experience, from her childhood in a little village north of Barcelona, her family her husband and her children, old age and how the war shaped her. The titl [...]

    7. Claire McAlpine

      We meet Conxa as a 13-year-old girl living in the Catalan Pyrenees, Spain at the beginning of the last century, though she narrates the story from the other end of her life, reflecting back on her journey as an old woman.One of six children, the opening lines tell us how she came to live with her childless aunt and uncle, leaving her family, home, village and mountain behind at such a tender age.In short chapters of around two pages, we observe the change in Conxa’s life, her new duties, how p [...]

    8. Antonomasia

      This was, as people used to say about some albums, a grower. The first-person life story of an ordinary woman born in a Catalan farming village in the early 1900s, told over about 90 pages, at first I found it too simple, as if it should have been for pre-teens /YA. (Conxa is 13 at the start.) Its main value, I figured, was historical detail, and a story about an area and language I know little about. [The place names, and the few Catalan words untranslated create the impression of a language ha [...]

    9. Andrew

      One of the things I have always loved about a good book is the way it takes you into places and times you'd never otherwise have a chance to experience. This book conveys utterly convincingly the experience of growing up in a small mountain village in early 20th century Catalonia. I really felt as if I was there with Conxa and Jaume and their children and the aunt and uncle.This is a historical novel that spans several generations and takes in major historical events like the Spanish Civil War. [...]

    10. Erma Odrach

      Really enjoyed this simply told, earthy Catalan classic. Set at the start of the 20th century, 13-year-old Conxa goes to work for a childless aunt. As the years go by she falls in love, marries, has children, witnesses the Spanish Civil War. It's a very touching and heartfelt story of one woman's hard life. Here's a sample of the writing. She says of her husband Jaume, "It was as if he had been born to take away my fears, to bring light where I saw darkness and to flatten what felt like a mounta [...]

    11. Kathleen Jones

      Peirene Press specialises in novellas translated from a variety of European languages - this one was written in Catalan and tells the story of Conxa - brought up in a remote village in Spain before the Spanish Civil war changed everything. It’s a story of a particular kind of innocence that provides no protection against the world of complex international politics. ‘War,’ Conxa writes ‘is an evil that drags itself over the earth and leaves it sown with vipers and fire and knives with poi [...]

    12. Txe Polon

      Evidentment, el que fascina d'aquesta breu novel·la no és la trama en si, ja que no es tracta pas d'una història plenament original ni plena de sorpreses, sinó que l'estil de Barbal t'introdueix en la ment d'aquest esplèndit personatge que és la Conxa i tu et deixes portar a través dels seus records, emocionant-te amb ella d'una forma tan subtil que ni tan sols te n'adones. I el títol, que a primer cop d'ull pot semblar estrany o poc atractiu, quan n'entens la simbologia acaba convertint [...]

    13. Jim

      History, or so it has been asserted, is written by the victors. We all understand what the author of that statement is really saying, that the official war record is written, corrected or simply unwritten by the winners. If they did that good a job then no one would understand what the author of that statement really meant. It’s because the facts somehow survive despite the best efforts of those in power to have people remember the past according to their vision of it that we know what he’s [...]

    14. Edgar Argelich

      El capítol final és absolutament brillant. Una novel·la breu que es llegeix d'una sentada i desenvolupa la psicologia de la protagonista-narradora de forma excepcional. Potser m'ha recordat massa a la Colometa de La plaça del Diamant i això m'ha tret bastant de la història, però ja sigut una bona lectura. També m'ha fascinat el llenguatge pallarès amb que està escrita, bastant semblant al meu dialecte i això ha fet que m'identifiqués més amb l'escenari.

    15. Iñaki Tofiño

      Una història ben trista, però descrita amb una tendresa i una subtilesa sublims.A banda, un llenguatge ric, espès, farcit de paraules que omplen el cap de connotacions.Una veritable meravella!

    16. Amy

      Translated from the Catalan by Laura McGloughlin and Paul Mitchell“I feel like a stone after a landslide. If someone or something stirs it, I’ll come tumbling down with the others. If nothing comes near, I’ll be here still, for days and days…”Maria Barbal’s novella, Stone in a Landslide, is unique because it covers so much history in just a few pages. The fictional memoir begins in the Catalan region of Spain, when a young woman, just thirteen, is forced to leave her home because the [...]

    17. David Hebblethwaite

      “I feel like a stone after a landslide. If someone or something stirs it, I’ll come tumbling down with the others. If nothing comes near, I’ll be here, still, for days and days…” (89)Maria Barbal’s Stone in a Landslide (first published in Catalan in 1985, and now available in English for the first time, thanks to Peirene Press) is the life story of Conxa, who is sent away as a child, in the early years of the twentieth century, to live with and work for her aunt and uncle. The years [...]

    18. The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)

      This is the story of Conxa, a young girl from a rural Catalan village in the early twentieth century and it follows her throughout her life, from being sent away from her parents (as they can’t afford to feed all six children) to live with an Aunt and Uncle miles away, through to the years it takes to finally be accepted as a member of the village, to falling in love and having three children, being captured in the civil war and to Barcelona where she finally ends her days – and this all hap [...]

    19. Biblibio

      I had a lot of trouble reading Stone in a Landslide. This novella is so bare and so lacking in any emotional development, I just couldn't bring myself to care about any of it. Despite its short length, the story spans decades meaning that there really is no actual plot, nor are any of the characters ever developed enough for me to care about what happens to them. The writing was very loose and not to my taste - moments of sheer awkward prose kept jolting me out of the narrative as well. Readers [...]

    20. Bjorn

      Very short novel about an old Catalan woman telling her life, from her birth in a small village to growing up, falling in love, working hard, finding herself in the middle of the Spanish civil war Y'know, everyday stuff. Deceptively low-key and straight-forward, scrubbed clinically free of any heavy arguments, just sticking to those far-between glowing moments that really matter. Liked it more than I thought I would.

    21. Kat

      This "novel" of the Spanish Civil War, translated from the Catalan language, runs 64 pages on my e-reader. I was quite impatient with the first half, which seemed to describe in unnecessary detail the way of life of the narrator in the years preceding the war: first her early childhood years, then, after she is sent to live with childless relatives a little more prosperous than her own peasant family, the years leading to her adulthood and marriage. Conxa is not the feisty, active female protago [...]

    22. Julia

      Auch wenn es nur gut 150 Seiten sind, wird auf diesen eine ganze Lebensgeschichte erzählt: Das eigentlich unspektakuläre Leben von Conxa, die in einem kleinen Dorf in den Pyrenäen aufwächst. Aber es war Barbal gerade deswegen ein Anliegen: Auch den ganz normalen Biografien einen Platz in der Literatur zu geben und jene Menschen zu porträtieren, die so lebten wie Dutzende zu ihrer Zeit es ebenfalls taten und in deren Lebensläufen sich ihre Zeit abbildete.Mit 13 wird Conxa zu ihrer kinderlos [...]

    23. Tonymess

      Maria Barbal was born in 1949 in the region of Pallars Jussà, and moved to Barcelona in the 1960’s graduating with an Arts degree from the University of Barcelona. In 1984 this work, (“Pedra de tartera”), won the Joaquim Ruyra prize and this was simply the start of a string of literary awards including the National Catalan Literature Prize in 1993 for “Càmfora”. For an article by Maria Barbal, “Who I am and why I write?” go to Catalan Literature Online here. lletra/en/author/mari [...]

    24. Apolodelimalimon

      Llegit després de la recomanació de la meva antiga professora de Literatura Catalana, és una lectura que guau. Senzillament, guau. Se't fa curta per com està escrita, els petits capítols, traços de la vida de la protagonista, retalls d'aquesta vida tan feliç que reflecteix la Conxa a Pallarès, és una novel·la que recorda molt a les novel·les pastorils, idíl·liques, on al locus amoenus (el camp) hi ha només felicitat i alegria i això ho transmet. Després ve la batzegada de la Guer [...]

    25. Nose in a book (Kate)

      This book takes a whole life and tells it in less than 120 pages, which is both its strength and its weakness. There is some beautiful writing, but there’s also a lot of speeding past things that another writer might have taken a whole novel to explore. It feels like a bit of a missed opportunity.The life told is that of Conxa, a poor Catalan woman whose story begins when she is a child in the early 20th century. There are three major things that happen in her life that each could have been ce [...]

    26. Val

      An elderly woman tells the story of her life in sparse prose and also tells the history of Spain through the twentieth century. The style means we get to know what happened in her life, but very little of how she felt about it, which makes the novel feel somewhat detached.Maria Barbal is a Catalan author and 'Pedra de tartera' (‘Stone from a boulder’) was her first novel. It is quite short and an enjoyable read.I enjoyed this glimpse of rural and small town life and the effects of major hist [...]

    27. Gretel

      I think it is an arduous task to condense a whole lifetime into a piece of prose as short as a novella, and I think even the best of authors would struggle with the task. Stone in a Landslide just didn't work for me, and trust me, I gave it a chance. I got the feeling that Barbal had a lot to say about Conxa's life, but deciding to write it as a novella, it feels very lacking. Milestones in life, such as getting married and having children, are given just a paragraph at most to be told in. I cou [...]

    28. Tripfiction

      The PyreneesA timeless piece of writing, short, a two hour read. Set in the Catalan Pyrenees around the villages of Pallarès, Montsent, Torrent, Noguera, Ermita. It describes the hardships of peasant life in a beautifully lyrical and evocative way, and is the story of Conxa, and how she falls for Jaume when she is living with her aunt, Tia. In the background is the build-up to the Spanish Civil War, King Alfonso XIII leaves the country and as the country changes so does Conxa's life. The mounta [...]

    29. Jane

      Stone in a LandslideTranslated to EnglishMy CopyKindle EditionThe story of Conxa told completely in her voice, as an old woman. Set in the early 1900's. A Catalan peasant woman, told from age 13 of her joys, sorrows and the Spanish Civil War.A small book of only about 128 pages that is very powerful and heart rending.Highly recommend

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