When I Sing, Mountains Dance (Paperback)
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When I Sing, Mountains Dance (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages
Published: 04/05/2023
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An intoxicating blend of folklore, nature and interwar history, this remarkable novel of family and survival in the shadows of both the Pyrenees and Franco's repressive Spanish regime is a lyrical hymn to Catalan culture and the powerful interconnectedness of humanity and landscape.

When Domenec - mountain-dweller, father, poet, dreamer - dies suddenly, struck by lightning, he leaves behind two small children, Mia and Hilari, to grow up wild among the looming summits of the Pyrenees and the ghosts of the Spanish civil war.

But then Hilari dies too, and his sister is forced to face life's struggles and joys alone. As the years tumble by, the inhabitants of the mountain - human, animal and other - come together in a chorus of voices to bear witness to the sorrows of one family, and to the savage beauty of the landscape. This remarkable English-language debut is lyrical, mythical, elemental, and ferociously imaginative.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783788255
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 151 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

When I Sing, Mountains Dance made me swoon. Translated with great musicality and wit, it is rich and ranging, shimmering with human and non-human life, the living and the dead, in our time and deep time; a fable that is utterly universal, deadly funny and profoundly moving - Max Porter

There's so much beauty in this wonderful polyphonic novel. Each page makes you fall in love again with nature, with imagination, with words, with life. When I Sing, Mountains Dance is timeless and unique - Mariana Enríquez

Like nothing I've read before. This novel is a feral, yowling love howl to a place of such staggering majesty that it resists usual comprehension. By giving voice to animals, storms, outcasts, one-legged girls, birthing women, and the mountain itself, Solà pushes past the limits of human experience to tell a story of instinct and earth-time that is irresistible in its jagged glory. - C Pam Zhang, author of How Much of These Hills is Gold

Irene Sola is a magnificent writer, When I Sing, Mountains Dance is a creepy, earthy masterpiece - Camilla Grudova, author of The Doll's Alphabet

Solà's prose, excellently translated from the original Catalan, is expansive and tactile. Her sentences accumulate, running along, taking in as much as possible, senses alert... Solà convincingly implicates everyone in the quickening pace of history and environmental decline... this attentive, playful, responsive novel makes an excellent case for stopping and listening - Christopher Shrimpton, Guardian

Mara Faye Lethem's translation magnificently preserves the dreamy, haunting tone of the original... [and] Solà's distinctive lyricism... When I Sing, Mountains Dance illuminates the delicate, mutable relationship we have to the places that dictate how we understand ourselves - Ella Fox-Martens, TLS

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“Simply wonderful..”

The story opens up near a village in the Pyrenees, Domenec father and poet is struck by lightning as he picks black chanterelles. After his untimely demise this leaves his widow and children Mia and Hilari to grow up... More

Hardback edition
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“Stunning.”

Set in the Pyrenean mountains above wonderful Barcelona, this remarkable work gives voice not only to the Catalan people of the region, but also to the wildlife - deer, water sprites, even mushrooms - and the... More

Hardback edition
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“Utterly unique and fascinating!”

Thanks to Granta Publications for sending me a proof copy in exchange for an honest review, which you can find below.

This is one of the most unique novels I have ever read, mainly thanks to the unconventional... More

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