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War, So Much War

By Merce Rodoreda, Martha Tennent, Maruxa Relano

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Format: Paperback, 220 pages
Published In: United States, 01 November 2015
Adri Guinart is leaving Barcelona out of boredom and a thirst for freedom, embarking on a long journey through the backwaters of a rural land that one can only suppose is Catalonia, accompanied by the interminable, distant rumblings of an indefinable war. In vignette-like chapters and with a narrative style imbued with the fantastic, Guinart meets with numerous peculiar characters who offer him a composite, if surrealistic, view of an impoverished, war-ravaged society and shape his perception of his place in the world.

Promotional Information

Approximately 200 advance copies sent to primary publications. This list includes: New York Times, SF Chronicle, LA Times, n+1, New York Review of Books, The Nation, Bookforum, The Believer, Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker, Rain Taxi, Time Out New York/Chicago, World Literature Today, Flavorwire, Washington Post, BOMB, Literary Review, Complete Review, Words Without Borders, B&N Review, Harper's, Shelf Awareness, Quarterly Conversation, Chicago Tribune, Typographical Era, Slate, Salon, etc. Also sent to the following trade publications: Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, Library Journal. Advance copies also sent to members of the NBCC Award Committee and the Best Translated Book Award Fiction Committee. Strong push to reviewers and readers who have written about Rodoreda's other works. Include in Consoritum's Academic Catalog and other promotions. Display at ALA, MLA. Email marketing campaign to academics who have taught her previous works and/or are interested in Spanish/Catalan literature or classic female writers. Giveaway of 25 copies on GoodReads, along with contacting members who have given his other works positive reviews. Promote on Three Percent and on social media via Open Letter's FB & Twitter accounts (over 4,200 likes on FB; almost 9,200 followers on Twitter). Ebook available and will be mentioned on all press release materials, Open Letter website, etc.

About the Author

Merce Rodoreda is widely regarded as the most important Catalan writer of the twentieth century. Exiled to France during the Spanish Civil War, and only able to return to Catalonia in the mid-1960s, she wrote a number of highly praised works, including The Time of the Doves and Death in Spring.Maruxa Relano is a journalist and translator based in Barcelona. She has worked as a translator for The Wall Street Journal, a writer for NY1, and wrote articles for the New York Daily News, Newsday, and New York magazine, among other publications.Martha Tennent was born in the U.S, but has lived most of her life in Barcelona where she served as founding dean of the School of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Vic. She translates from Spanish and Catalan, and received an NEA Translation Fellowship for her work on Rodoreda.

Reviews

"Episodic in style, [Rodoreda's] language is breathtaking and transportive, ultimately showing the reader the universal beauty and injustice of fate. . . . An incredibly original work and not to be missed."Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore" "Merce Rodoreda has been a favorite of mine ever since college. . . . War, So Much War helps to expand our understanding of a world-class writer's fiction, with, hopefully more to come."--Jeff VanderMeer, author of The Southern Reach Trilogy"Episodic in style, [Rodoreda's] language is breathtaking and transportive, ultimately showing the reader the universal beauty and injustice of fate. . . . An incredibly original work and not to be missed."--Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore"Rodoreda's clear, clean prose, rendered so capably into English by Relano and Tennent, creates a mood of desperation that will engage the contemplative reader . . ."--Library Journal"Merce Rodoreda's War, So Much War is a gripping story, passing as the account of the wanderings of a highly sensitive young man. . . . Rodoreda is not afraid to probe man's humanity in the face of ubiquitous warfare that ought to destroy mankind or--at the least--send it back to the Dark Ages."--CounterPunch "Merce Rodoreda has been a favorite of mine ever since college. . . . War, So Much War helps to expand our understanding of a world-class writer's fiction, with, hopefully more to come." --Jeff VanderMeer, author of The Southern Reach Trilogy "Episodic in style, [Rodoreda's] language is breathtaking and transportive, ultimately showing the reader the universal beauty and injustice of fate. . . . An incredibly original work and not to be missed."--Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore "Rorodera's clear, clean prose, rendered so capably into English by Relano and Tennent, creates a mood of desperation that will engage the contemplative reader . . ." --Library Journal "Merce Rodoreda's War, So Much War is a gripping story, passing as the account of the wanderings of a highly sensitive young man. . . . Rodoreda is not afraid to probe man's humanity in the face of ubiquitous warfare that ought to destroy mankind or--at the least--send it back to the Dark Ages." --CounterPunch

EAN: 9781940953229
ISBN: 1940953227
Publisher: Open Letter Books
Dimensions: 21.34 x 13.72 x 1.52 centimeters (0.27 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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