Rainy Days / Dias de Lluvia

Short Stories by Contemporary Spanish Women Writers

Edited by Montserrat Lunati

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ISBN: 9781910572290

Publication: September 30, 2018

Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

Writers, publishers, readers and scholars have stopped apologising for the short story: the genre is no longer a bad investment, a trial-exercise for a novel or a minor entertainment, as demonstrated by exceptional writers with an almost exclusive dedication to it, such as Jorge Luis Borges, Alice Munro, Quim Monzó or Cristina Fernández Cubas. With deep roots in classic and medieval literatures, and great achievements in the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries, the genre of the short story, which benefits from the linguistic tightness of poetry and the narrative comforts of the novel, has finally been recognised as having a (hybrid) identity of its own. This volume re-edits and expands a previous bilingual collection published in 1997. The first edition included stories by twelve writers: Pilar Cibreiro, Cristina Fernández Cubas, Paloma Díaz-Mas, Adelaida García Morales, Lourdes Ortiz, Laura Freixas, Marina Mayoral, Mercedes Abad, Rosa Montero, Maruja Torres, Soledad Puértolas and María Eugenia Salaverri. The present edition adds another four: Nuria Amat, Juana Salabert, Luisa Castro and Berta Marsé. The stories gathered in this second edition were written between 1980 and 2010, and testify to the richness and vitality of women’s writing in contemporary Spain. With the original texts in Spanish as well as facing-page English translations, an Introduction, notes, and bio-bibliographical information on each author, this volume is a useful tool for students of the Spanish language and culture at all levels. It includes a selection of secondary reading on Spanish women writers and a selection of anthologies of Spanish short stories since 1997.

Montserrat Lunati is a Reader in Catalan and Spanish Studies at Cardiff University.

‘Fugitive alchemy’: some notes on the second edition of Rainy Days
[introduction to the second edition]

Women writers in Post-Franco Spain: Writing as a transgression?
[introduction to the first edition]

PILAR CIBREIRO:  Días de lluvia / Rainy Days
CRISTINA FERNÁNDEZ CUBAS: El reloj de Bagdad /The Clock from Baghdad
ADELAIDA GARCÍA MORALES: El encuentro /A Chance Encounter
LOURDES ORTIZ: Penélope / Penelope
LAURA FREIXAS: Memoria en venta / Memories for Sale
MARINA MAYORAL: Nueve meses y un día / Nine Months and a Day
MERCEDES ABAD: Pasión defenestrante / Uncontrolled Passion
ROSA MONTERO: El abuelo / The Grandfather
NURIA AMAT: Hipatia / Hypatia
MARUJA TORRES: Desparecida / The Woman Who Disappeared
SOLEDAD PUÉRTOLAS: Viejas historias / Tales from the Past
MARÍA EUGENIA SALAVERRI: Cirugía plástica / Plastic Surgery
LUISA CASTRO: Mi madre en la ventana / My Mother at the Window
JUANA SALABERT: Serás aire volador / You’ll Become a Whisper of Air
PALOMA DÍAZ-MAS: Los mayorales exhaustos / The Exhausted Farmers
BERTA MARSÉ: Cocinitas / Playing Houses

A selection of critical works on Spanish women’s writing since 1997 (dealing with more than one single author)
A selection of anthologies of Spanish cuentos and studies on the short story genre since 1997

Format: Hardback

Size: 210 × 147 mm

384 Pages

Copyright: © 2018

ISBN: 9781910572290

Publication: September 30, 2018

Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

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