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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Her novels have been translated into over a dozen languages, including French, German, and Portuguese.

Espido Freire’s Irlanda in English, Finally!

The flowers from the first two chapters stick in my mind, too. Natalia, a shy young woman who has barely left the family since the death of her sister Sagrario, spent a summer in espiddo old country house of the grandmother with her cousins. It soon becomes apparent that Natalia is not going to fit in here.

Return to Book Page. It has been translated into several languages. As a result, the brutalized wife submits to the abuser. Aetheria rated it it was ok Aug 12, They represent a history and an inheritance, as Natalia shows when she perceives her cousin Irlanda as a symbolic representation of their cruel ancestor, Hibernia, about whom the family has told tales for generations. Book ReviewsFairy Tale Adaptations. Oct 14, LuciaSimonelle rated it liked it.

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Great recommendation, thank you. A fairy tale with a twist. Irlanda, we soon discover, is something of a loner.

However, as Freire shows us, fairy tales can have happy endings but they can also have unhappy endings. Despite the fact that Sagrario had been ill for some time, it is still a devastating shock for all four of them, the two girls and their parents.


Juliana Amir is the author of Midnight Magic. Learn how your comment data is processed. You have no idea how happy I am to be reading it. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. But my desire to watch the progression of these strange cousins on their ghostly estate toward inevitable tragedy kept me skimming over the passages of impassable prose, and speeding to the finish.

Natalia reminds me of Hannibal the Cannibal, except Hannibal also had a scary insight into the human psyche. Refresh and try again. Natalia is one of many recent female characters who use their considerable intelligence, strength and resilience in order to defend their right never to grow up and take responsibility for their own lives.

In this fragile environment the shadows of the past and the insurmountable difference that separates her from her cousins, above all from Ireland, are beautiful, charming and angelic, but in reality she is a capricious person. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Freire leads us through a historic manor and sprawling grounds where summer begins in lavish dinner parties and sun-soaked afternoons. If it has to do with foxglove, then yes.

March 25, at 5: She sees everything in fairy-tale terms. This is a rather stranger and still stranger book that is told from the This story starts with the recent death of Natalia’s younger sister, which expected, causes the family to grieve and wanting a change.

To her, of espifo, growing up consists of staying a child, which parallels what she says in espdo of the earlier chapters. Control of her own life. Then I can read and discuss. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I find their conversation while going through the chests to be especially telling in this respect. 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 watching the final move take place. The other three girls are friends and have very different dspido from Natalia, who has had no contact with boys, limited interest in fashion and, indeed, limited social contact with anyone outside her family. Finally, one of my favorite novels has been translated into English!


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Their mother cannot get over it. See 1 question about Irlanda…. When I was an undergrad, the ILL system was in a very rudimentary state. Thanks for the helpful context.

She made her literary debut with the novel Irlanda espidl But Irlanda seems to me espico be another example preaching the volatility of fairy tales, rather than their immobility. Notify me of new posts via email. As ofan English translation of Irlanda is underway. She published 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 Eva Calveyra, won the Millepage Prize.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Lists with Iroanda Book. After the death of her sister Eslido, young Natalia has been sent by her mother to spend the summer helping her two teenage cousins Roberto and the beautiful, “perfect” Irlanda do minor repairs to the family’s decaying country house.

Irlandapublished inis Espido Freire’s debut novel.

Initially, it seems, Natalia has happy memories of staying there but we gradually learn that she was not always happy. Fill in your details below dspido click an icon to log in:

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