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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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Una novela que no abandona su halo de oscuridad, rodeada de secretos, fantasmas, odios, envidias y miedos que te acaba hipnotizando. Initially, it seems, Natalia has happy memories of staying there but we gradually learn that she was not always happy. Jan 16, Juan Quibrera rated it really liked it. Juana rated it really liked it Dec 06, There are frekre discussion topics on this book yet. Published May 1st by Editorial Espkdo, S.

Published by The Fairy Tale Edpido Press, it is shocking that this novel is not readily found in bookstores and remains largely unheard of in the United States. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Maybe—this advice to cut them out seems to stem from a presupposition that fairy tales have no power, to move or affect a reader. The strongest emotions she ever expresses are fear for herself and dislike for Irlanda.

Espido Freire: Irlanda (Irlanda)

Irlanda is only three months older than her but seems much more nature. 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? At the start of the novel, Sagrario dies after a frdire illness. She seems to have had no friends other than her sisters.


There will be more and more new details coming up. But my desire to watch the progression of these strange cousins on their ghostly estate toward inevitable tragedy kept me skimming over the passages of impassable prose, and speeding to the finish.

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Learn how your comment data is processed. Freire leads us through a historic manor and sprawling grounds where summer begins in lavish dinner parties and sun-soaked afternoons.

Natalia and Irlanda represent two competing ways of being female.

Finally, I realized that the critic confused the names Rosario and Sagrario. The children stay in a separate house on the property, with the parents having some but not too much contact.

Does she see them all as mistakes? Ewpido, one of my favorite novels has been translated into English! Accept Reject Read More. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Her dream-like style of writing carries the reader like an enchanted carpet into a realm so vivid, so unique, once finished one foot will be trapped on the country estate where rules dissolve like black birds in the night.

Es expido de mis libros favoritos, sin duda alguna. 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.

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After the death of her sister Sagrario, young Natalia has been sent by her mother to spend the summer helping her two teenage cousins Roberto and the beautiful, “perfect” Irlanda do minor repairs to the family’s decaying country house.


Me ha gustado mucho. More particularly, she talks regularly to her dead sister, whom she considers as very much alive and she sees everything as though the world is a fairy tale, from mysterious forests to strange creatures and knights in shining armour. Fairy Tale Review Pressbut do not let that put you off. Natalia has a herbarium, a collection of pressed plants.

Its fairy-tale “tower and chapel We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. We know what Natalia wants to communicate to us about Irlanda.

A fairy tale with a twist. This is a rather stranger and still stranger book that is told from the odd and socially ackward point of view of Natalia.

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Thanks for the helpful context. Preview — Irlanda by Espido Freire. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Spare, clean prose with startlingly morbid, disturbing, and beautiful imagery; sentences that will squeeze your heart freirs until you are left gasping for breath.

Who, then, does Natalia really dislike—is it Irlanda, or herself?

This was set up two years previously with Sagrario but Natalia has continued it and continues it here. Notify me of new posts via email. Refresh and try again. Will try to find it too.