The Independent  Books of the Year 2010: Stone in a Landslide: "sparse and haunting"

 

"air-tight believability" TLS

 

"so vibrant, that it makes me want to take scissors to everything else I read." Guardian 

 

"Sometimes the best stories are those simply told."  Independent

 

"short, spare and haunting" The Strand, BBC World Service 

 

"A Pyrenean life told in a quietly effective voice."  Independent on Sunday

 

"... there is an understated power in Barbal’s depiction of how the forces of history can shape the life of the powerless."  Financial Times

 

"‘a stirring account of love and loss" Daily Express, 11th June 2010

 

"... a masterpiece of world literature and a shining example of the virtuosity of elegant and concise prose. Just as Picasso’s painting Guernica encapsulated the sufferings of the Spanish Civil War, Barbal’s powerful and emotional novel captures the heartbreak of the same conflict through the tragedy of one very ordinary human being."Lancashire Evening Post

 

"This book is a quiet reminder that sometimes simplicity is the key to revealing the depth of human suffering." Wanderlust Magazine, August 2010

 

"The deft, confident translation by Laura McGoughlin and Paul Mitchell has opened it [Stone in a Landslide] up for English-language readers for the first time, presenting it like a beautifully packaged gift to unwrap layer by layer." Judy Darley, Essential Writers.com

 

“In a few short pages, and using the simplest language, Barbal portrays not only the entire life of her heroine but also traces the turbulent history of 20th century Catalonia. The reader feels swept away - like a Stone in a Landslide.” Nick Caistor, BBC World Service
 

"What a slim calm book and it contains not only a complete life, but also an entire, disappearing world. This book possesses such force and overpowering beauty, I haven’t read something like this for a long time.” Elke Heidenreich in her TV show lesen

 

"A piece of world literature: In just one hundred pages and in sparse language a whole life story unfolds." Inforadio, Kultur