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Merce Rodoreda is considered the most preeminent Catalan writer. She was born in 1908 in Barcelona. During the Spanish Civil War, she was exiled in France and later Switzerland.
I don't know how many times I have reread the book, including several times in Catalan, with such effort that speaks volumes to my devotion to the novel - Gabriel Garcia MarquezAn extremely moving love story translated from the Catalan, which reveals much about the Spanish civil war as ordinary, non-political people had to live it - Diana Athill