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By Salvador Espriu

One of many defining texts of twentieth-century Catalan fiction, written through one in all its so much leading edge and loved writers, Salvador Espriu's Ariadne within the gruesome Labyrinth is a suite of thirty-four brief tales during which the twists and turns of motion, personality, and position are as winding and luxurious because the mythical maze of its identify. initially released in 1935 in the middle of nice national political and social upheaval, those tales are a reflect, a ugly reflect, held as much as Catalan and Spanish society. Infused with a deep experience of mythic energy, mixing social realism with lush modernist test, Ariadne within the gruesome Labyrinth is a triumph of favor. might be top recognized for his poetry, Espriu's wealthy lyricism and hugely evocative use of the Catalan language are the following delivered to lifestyles within the poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips's impressive English language translation of a vintage of worldwide literature.

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Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth

One of many defining texts of twentieth-century Catalan fiction, written through considered one of its such a lot leading edge and adored writers, Salvador Espriu's Ariadne within the gruesome Labyrinth is a suite of thirty-four brief tales within which the twists and turns of motion, personality, and position are as winding and luxurious because the mythical maze of its name.

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A n d here is my fath er as a young man, his first hat, his first carriage ride, at dawn. H ere are the nam es o f girls, the w ords o f the songs sung at the time, the text o f a love letter, the new spapers read— his entire youth com pressed into a single p aragrap h . N ow we are in Rum a, w here my fath er received his secondary-school education. Perhaps this exam p le will give you an idea o f how all-knowing, as they used to say, The Encyclopedia o f the Dead actually is. T h e principle is clear, yet the erudition, the need to record it all, everythin g a hum an life is m ade of, is en ough to take on e’s breath away.

H er m ortal body return ed to the brothel, while her spirit m oved on to a new Illusion. • 24 • I t h ap p en ed in 19 2 3 o r 19 2 4 . In H am burg, I think. D u ring a time o f stock-m arket disasters and gid dy devaluation: the daily w ages o f a dock laborer cam e to seventeen billion m arks, an d decent prostitutes charged three times as m uch fo r their services. ) In one o f the small pink room s not fa r from the port, a prostitute nam ed M ariette had died suddenly o f pneum onia. ” “ She went up in flam es, at the stake,” he said.

B y the time I count to ten,” Peter went on, taking no notice o f her, “ his body will crash to the earth he so despised, fall like a stone at yo u r feet, n ever again to rise from the dust . . F o r G od the O ne and Only so desires. O ne . ” said Sophia. ” “Tw o . “ E ven i f he falls, he is the victor,” said Sophia. P eter kept his eyes shut while he counted, as if w ishing to gain time. A n d then he heard a shriek going up from the crowd, and he open ed his eyes. A t the very spot w here Sim on had disap p eared , a black speck was em ergin g from the cloud and starting to grow .

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