The beginning of the 20th century: 13-year-old Conxa leaves her home village in the Pyrenees to work for her childless aunt. After years of hardship she finds love with Jaume – a love that will be thwarted by the Spanish Civil War. Approaching her own death, Conxa looks back on a life in which she has lost everything except her own indomitable spirit.
“In a few short pages, and using the simplest language, Barbal portrays not only the
entire life of her heroine but also traces the turbulent history of 20th century Catalonia.
The reader feels swept away - like a Stone in a Landslide.”
NICK CAISTOR, BBC WORLD SERVICE
“A piece of world literature: In just one hundred pages and in sparse language a whole
life story unfolds.” INFORADIO, KULTUR
“With an extraordinary economy of means, the novel by Maria Barbal succeeds in
creating a poignant photograph of the life in the Catalan Pyrenees villages during
the thirties and how the civil war arrived to destroy the lives of its inhabitants and
the harmony of their existence. Maria Barbal’s writing is simple, minimalist; with a
minimum of means, the author manages to describe situations, to extract the colors
of life and the singular emotion that emerges. Stone in a Landslide is a gem of poetry,
simplicity and generosity facing the cruelty of existence.” SERGE MESTRE
World English Rights (Peirene Press), Holland (Signatuur), German (Transit), Italy (Marcos y Marcos), Poland (Marginesy), Israel (Rimonim), Antolog (Macedonia), Arhipelag (Serbia), Meronia (Romania)