The Catalan modern classic, first published in 1985, now in its 50th edition, for the first time in English.

The beginning of the 20th century: 13-year-old Conxa leaves her home village in the Pyrenees to work for her childless aunt. After years of hardship she finds love with Jaume – a love that will be thwarted by the Spanish Civil War. Approaching her own death, Conxa looks back on a life in which she has lost everything except her own indomitable spirit.


Why Peirene choose to publish this book:

'I fell in love with Conxa's narrative voice, its stoic calmness and the complete lack of anger and bitterness. It's a timeless voice, down to earth and full of human contradictory nuances. It's the expression of someone who searches for understanding in a changing world but senses that ultimately there may be no such thing.' Meike Ziervogel

Translated from the Catalan by Laura McGloughlin and
Paul Mitchell.

Female Voice Series
126pp, Paperback with Flaps, £10.00
Published June 2010
ISBN 978-0-9562840-1-3
eISBN 978-1-908670-00-7