Camellia Street (Paperback)

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Camellia Street By Mercè Rodoreda, David Rosenthal (Translator), Sandra Cisneros (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Mercè Rodoreda, David Rosenthal (Translator), Sandra Cisneros (Foreword by)
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I discovered the writing of Mercè Rodoreda through the narrator in Lynn Steger Strong's novel Want. Camellia Street is bleak and lyrical at once in the same way that Jean Rhys' novels are. Abandoned at birth, The rootless narrator navigates poverty in post-civil war Barcelona by relying on her body and sex work to survive.

- Katie H

— From Camellia Street (Staff Pick)


A major work from Merc Rodoreda's early, realistic period, Camellia Street is set in war-torn Barcelona of the 1940s and 50s and tells the story of Cecilia, who, abandoned as an infant, ends up fleeing her adoptive family in favor of a more unsettled life of fire-setting, poverty, one abusive man after another, prostitution, and, eventually, a tenuous note of rebirth. Building on the themes of The Time of the Doves, Rodoreda uses Cecilia's difficult life to explore the strength of one woman in the face of male brutality. A classic work of feminist fiction that's as charged today as when it was first published in Catalan back in 1966.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781940953861
ISBN-10: 1940953863
Publisher: Open Letter
Publication Date: November 20th, 2018
Pages: 186
Language: English