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The Dolls' Room : Catalan Literature - Llorenc Villalonga

The Dolls' Room

Catalan Literature

Paperback Published: 16th November 2010
ISBN: 9781564786128
Number Of Pages: 272
For Ages: 22+ years old

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A classic of contemporary Catalan literature, and a haunting and satirical portrait of a vanishing age, Llorenc? Villalonga’s The Dolls’ Room concerns the decline of Don Toni and Dona Maria Anto`nia Bearn: aristocrats, cousins, husband and wife, and members of the decadent, age-old ruling class of the town that bears their name. Their story is told by the nai?ve family priest, Don Joan, who was taken under Don Toni’s wing as a schoolboy. Describing the shabby grandeur of his benefactors’ lives—their ancient, rundown family mansion, their grand but ruinous excursions to Paris and Rome, and the mysterious events that lead to their deaths—the humbly devout Joan is continually challenged, and perhaps titillated, by Don Toni’s impious personality, his defiance of church authority, and his scandalous affairs. Partly condemning and partly admiring his devilish mentor, the pure-minded Don Joan’s lurid “biography” of the Bearns is a testament to the eternal attractiveness of the libertine, and the lengths to which we go in justifying our own worst impulses.

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It is a puzzle that this masterpiece has been so long in reaching the English-speaking world.

ISBN: 9781564786128
ISBN-10: 1564786129
Series: Catalan Literature
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 16th November 2010
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.5  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.41