Mercè Rodoreda

(1912 words)
  • Xon de Ros (Oxford University)

A Catalan writer, born in Barcelona in 1908, Redoreda acquired international fame with her novel La plaça del Diamant (1962)[La plaza del Diamante, 1965; The Pigeon Girl, 1967; The Time of the Doves, 1981]. Gabriel García Márquez considered it to bethe most beautiful novel published in Spain after the Civil War. Márquez was writing in 1983, on the death of Rodoreda, a date which marked the rediscovery of a writer whose reputation had been mostly restricted to Catalonia, her country of birth. The fact that her literary language was Catalan had placed her as a somewhat marginal figure in Spanish literary circles. But even within Catalonia, and despite having been awarded …

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de Ros, Xon . "Mercè Rodoreda". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 January 2013
[, accessed 26 November 2015.]