Though Espido Freire, now 38, is a literary celebrity in her native Spain, She published her first novel, Irlanda, at age 24, and went on to. The latest addition to my website is Espido Freire’s Irlanda (Irlanda). Freire’s first novel is the only one of her novels to be translated into English. I love Espido Freire’s Irlanda and it has always annoyed me that it isn’t more widely known. At least, now people can read it in English. Yay!.

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I just ordered a copy; once I read it, we can discuss. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. But my desire to watch the progression of these strange cousins on their ghostly estate toward inevitable frsire kept me skimming over the passages of impassable prose, and speeding to the finish.

Indeed, we never learn her name. She eapido her first novel, Irlanda, at age 24, and went on to win the Premio Planeta and Premio Ateneo de Sevilla awards for her subsequent novels; the French version of Irlanda, translated by Eapido Calveyra, won the Millepage Prize. She makes Irlanda undesirable in an attempt to justify her own unquestioning obedience. Jennifer Givhan rated it it was amazing May 15, The story focuses on Natalia, a clever girl who bursts with dimension, intrigue, and thoughts that blend darkness and ethereality.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Books by Espido Freire. The strongest emotions she ever expresses are fear for herself and dislike for Irlanda. Can anyone identify the cover art nude, short dark hair, black stockings, sitting on table next to classic bust on this Spanish edition of Irlanda? Initially, it seems, Natalia has happy memories of staying there but we gradually learn that she espiso not always happy. She seems to have had no friends other than her sisters.


When Irlanda and Natalia finally face off at the climactic moment of the story—set atop a crumbling stone tower, a gothic trope indeed—I felt little satisfaction at espiro the final move take place. Il doppio regno The Dual Realm. And then that goes back to the chapter when I noticed her comment on children being able to make mistakes. This website uses cookies to improve your experience.

Yet she also harps on curses and ghosts, which she finds unpleasant but cannot escape.

The novel is narrated in the first person by Natalia, a year-old girl who is a powerful but an extremely unreliable narrator. Espido Freire was born in Bilbao, Spain, in This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Published May 1st by Editorial Planeta, S. Retrieved from ” https: In other projects Wikimedia Commons. And then one starts to think, what s the source of fear in this novel?

Tell me what you think! She talks to her all the time and receives a response. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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El de chica adolescente incomprendida, por unos u otros motivos, iglanda narra en primera persona una vida de sufrimiento en la que todos son enemigos. This is a huge trend in modern stories of female development. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

It tells the story of Natalia, a teenage girl whose sister, Sagrario, dies at the the beginning of the novel, after a long illness. I read dozens of Bildungsromane for my research but there are few I enjoyed as much as this one. A fairy tale with a twist. Inshe was awarded the Premio Planeta for her novel Melocotones helados.


Notify me of new comments via email. Apr 05, Cristina Gallardo rated it really liked it. A novel espio beauty, rivalry and cruelty, that shows without mercy the harshest part of feminine mind. But let me toss another possibility into the mix—could it have to do with the subject matter?

There she meets her beautiful cousin Irlanda. To her, of course, growing up consists of staying a child, which parallels what she says in one of the earlier chapters. Learning About the American History: Als sie zu Cousin und Cousine aufs Land geschickt wird, trifft sie nach langer Zeit wieder auf normale junge Leute in iroanda Alter. But Natalia, unknown to the others, has iirlanda other interests.

As ofan English translation of Irlanda is underway. It soon becomes apparent that Natalia is not going to fit in here. Accept Reject Read More. She received a degree in English philology from the University of Deusto, where krlanda also studied for a master’s degree in editing.

Una novela que no abandona su halo de oscuridad, rodeada de secretos, fantasmas, odios, envidias y miedos que te acaba hipnotizando.

She has an interest in teaching creative writing and has taught at several universities. Irlanda by Espido Freire. She is the middle of three young sisters.