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IN THE LAKE

Author: Bruno Monday 19 September 2022

Maria Barbal’s new novel after the international recognition of Tándem.

“Remembering that summer is like looking back at paradise before passing through a door that will leave it behind forever.”

For Nora, a twelve-year-old girl, going on Sundays to the lake, a very beautiful and quiet place of changing colors, is a delightful experience. Except for Quim, who is seven, everyone in the group accompanying her is an adult. Each of them harbors their own longings, and she observes them and does not always think she understands them, but on the last morning at the lake, as a result of a conflict between the elders and Quim’s daring, Nora will suddenly awaken from the dream of childhood.

Maria Barbal’s new work after the international recognition of Tándem is a novel of great emotional intensity about longing, beauty, the passing of time and the meaning of happiness.

Francesca de Barcelona

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 16 June 2022

NÈSTOR LUJÁN PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL NOVELS

An extraordinary woman who wants to be a surgeon, an impossible love, an insatiable struggle. An enlightening story of the Barcelona of the 14th century.

Barcelona, 1382. Francesca is a fifteen year old Christian girl who helps her grandmother Bonanada to work as a midwife. Her aunt teaches her the secrets of the trade and introduces her to the mastery of the remedial plants, but she does not have enough, and although she lives in a very humble environment, she has the firm determination to become a doctor and a surgeon. There is only one problem: this is a career reserved for men and making a place for herself is almost a folly.

Thanks to her job as a caregiver, she often visits the Call. There she will meet Astruc, a young boy from a group of doctors who wants to study medicine. They both agree to share their knowledge: Francesca will teach him everything she knows about plants and he will give her access to his books. But medicine is not her only passion: Francesca is in love with Martí, her childhood friend, and with this love she will start her adult life, an exciting life full of obstacles, love, betrayals and passions.

Based on a true story and with an absolutely enlightening narrative, Laia Perearnau masterfully takes us to the Barcelona of the 14th century, when illnesses were rife, and makes us vibrate with the life of an extraordinary woman, full of determination, who fought tirelessly against the limits imposed on the women of her time.

THE WAR GODMOTHER

Author: Sandra Bruna Friday 13 May 2022

Can a love letter change a life or stop a war?

Would you wait for those words until the end of your days?

Madrid, 1936. Aurora has just come of age and works as a nurse in a troubled city that resists the fire and bombs of the war. In this times of violence, she decides to contribute in the Republican front and begins to write letter to a young soldier, Teófilo, thus becoming – like many other women of the time – a war godmother.

In each letter, the young men will find a refuge in which to express the fears and secrets they cannot say aloud while discovering a love they never imagined. However, in a war full of intrigue and espionage, where everyone is a suspect, the written word can be the most dangerous weapon…

When years later, isolated in the silence of the postwar period, Teófilo finds out that Aurora is still alive, he does not hesitate to try to find again the person who, amidst the fire and gunpowder, made love, calm and peace blossom in him.

This story is a tribute to all those women who took the word as a rifle and managed to grow in the line of fire the strength and hope of the soldiers.

I, RAQUEL PRIS 2: THE LOST FAME OF KYLIE ROBOT

Author: Sandra Bruna Monday 9 May 2022

More robot-filled adventures and a big robopop star.

“I’m sorry to tell you that Capek and I haven’t yet decided what we want to be when we grow up. At the moment, we know that we want to help robots find a way when their programming fails them, and not end up on the scrapyard.

The thing is, Kylie Robot – of whom, by the way, I am a super-fan – has lost her voice. I love her, I mean, I love her! Can you imagine her ending up in the junkyard in pieces because she can’t sing anymore? She is a robopop superstar who has thousands and thousands of fans and who is at the top of the holovideos. That would be quite a disaster…”

 

EL BOTXÍ DE LA CIUTAT DE MALLORCA

Author: Sandra Bruna Friday 1 April 2022

 

From an initial surprising death, Maria, a girl of only 8 years old in a public bath, the reader will enter a real chain of investigations. From the beginning, the novel takes on a detective tone, in a prose full of intrigue, which at times is clearly reminiscent of Manuel de Pedrolo’s work, in which there is a clear predominance of the dialogue. Without forgetting the detailed descriptions that, in the case of Bennasar, not only serve to bring us closer to the crimes, but also to place us in the most absolute everyday life of the city of Palma, from the streets of the old neighborhoods to the hamburger joints that have been invading us.



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