Joaquim Ruyra: The Long Oar

Joaquim Ruyra

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ISBN: 9780856686054

Publication: January 1, 1994

Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

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Ruyra was in the vanguard of the Catalan modernist generation as they constructed a new literary model after 1860 when the Catalan language became the vehicle of cultural nationalism. He has been called the 'prince of Catalan prose'. This is a sea story whose epic quality has invited comparisons with Homer and Tolstoy and, in its treatment of the sea as reference in a psychological voyage, with Melville, Conrad and Hemingway. El rem de trenta quatre is a high point in Ruyra's work which is outstanding for his transformation of poetic rhythms into the music of his prose. Here, the narrator's internalisation of near shipwreck, her experiences, emotions and mental awakening, are mapped onto maritime elements that are detailed with a painter's eye. Through masterly dialogue, Ruyra characterizes each personality in the rich catala salat dialect of Blanes, centre of a linguistic map of the Catalan coast from Alacant to Roses, lovingly describing and naming its villages and physical features. An Appendix, by M. Lluisa Julia, provides a comparison between this story and Joseph Conrad's Typhoon .

Foreword Introduction The Long Oar: El Rem de Trenta-Quatre: Chapters I-V Linguistic Map of Catalan Appendix: Conrad's Typhoon

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 x 149 mm

144 Pages

ISBN: 9780856686054

Publication: January 1, 1994

Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

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