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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And then to find out that the lending library checked it out for a whole year on my behalf…I felt like I was in heaven.

Irlanda by Espido Freire

Don’t be fooled by the book’s supposed simplicity. Lucille A GR friend thank you Diane found the artist attribution for the cover art on this spanish edition of Irlanda: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Amba rated it really liked it May 09, But the feeling is definitely there, especially when she talks about night and circles and the turtle. Retrieved from ” https: Lo que no me ha gustado: After the death of her sister Sagrario, young Natalia has been sent by her mother El de chica adolescente incomprendida, por unos u otros motivos, que narra en primera persona una vida de sufrimiento en la que todos son enemigos.

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To her, of course, growing up espifo of staying a child, which parallels what she says in one of the earlier chapters. It tells the story of Natalia, a teenage girl whose sister, Sagrario, dies at the the beginning of the novel, after a long illness. Espido Freire dedicated her early years to the study and performance of classical music. The world, fear, stretched forth under the window like my new domain.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: They represent a history irland 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.

This site uses cookies. At least, now people can read it in English. Irlanda will later mock her for only being interested in stupid plants. Narrada magistralmente por una joven Espido Freire. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Irlanda also eschews the traditional fairy tale logic that evil is cut down and only good rewarded in the end, and instead offers the reader a bleaker worldview, in which the protagonist is rewarded—but did she deserve it?

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Notify me of new posts via email. The other three girls are friends and have very different ways from Natalia, who has had no contact with boys, limited irlqnda in fashion and, indeed, limited social contact with anyone outside her family. Published May 1st by Editorial Planeta, S. I find their conversation while going through the chests to be especially telling in this respect.

Control of her own life. The personal tragedy of her sister, the fact that they are the poor relations and her lack of friends and social skills all drive Natalia into her fairy-tale world, irlamda world inhabited by her dead sister but also by princesses and dragons, mysterious spirits and knights in armour.

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Freire tells an excellent story of a girl who cannot fit in. Fairy Tale Review Pressbut do not let that put you off.

March 25, at 5: There will be more and more new details coming up. Natalia has not seen Roberto and Irlanda for three years and is very impressed when she arrives at their lovely house in the country.


Something to Read for the Train Reviews, folklore love, the writing life, things that go bump in the night. A strange and darker novel that I expected it to be, but at the same time, one that keep me engrossed and whose main character will reside in my imagination for some time. Natalia edpido two sisters one of whom, Sagrario, has recently died after a long illness. Preview — Irlanda by Espido Freire. For example, when Irlanda tries to teach her chess, she cannot grasp the moves and the strategy of the game but rather sees the whole board as a fairy tale involving queens and kings and knights.

Mariane rated it liked it Jun 30, Learning About the American History: Maybe she not only fears death, but also an independent life. The climax is set in the feire of a crumbling chapel where Natalia opposes Irlanda, irrlanda her reign. Learn how your comment data is processed. Freire is well regarded by the French epsido Spanish, and it seems regrettable that her work should not also be welcomed here in the United States.

Aetheria rated it it was ok Aug 12, In order to achieve this goal, she engages in a variety of hugely transgressive acts. Barcelona first published No trivia or quizzes yet.

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