Translated from the Catalan by Scott Shanahan
Mercè Rodoreda is regarded as the most important Catalan writer of the twentieth century. Exiled in France and Switzerland following the Spanish Civil War, Rodoreda began writing fiction, while earning a living as a seamstress. In the mid-1960s she returned to Catalonia. Death in Spring, her final novel, was published last year by Open Letter, which will publish her Selected Stories in 2011.
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