Fiction. Translated from the Spanish by Barbara F. Ichiishi. SEVEN VIEWS OF THE SAME LANDSCAPE is a beautiful collection of coming-of-age tales that unfold in post-Civil War Barcelona. Told as remembered episodes largely from a child's perspective, the young Sara is entranced by the glittering, sheltered world of her parents who had sided with Franco in the Civil War. But she soon begins to discern the fault lines running through the larger social landscape and to sense the hypocrisy and cruelty of her parents' inbred clan. Rendered in Tusquets's flowing musical prose, the stories offer a uniquely feminine vision of a girl's quest to find love and meaning in an alien adult world.
Esther Tusquets (b. 1936) is the author of a highly acclaimed narrative cycle (translated into English as The Same Sea as Every Summer, Love Is a Solitary Game, Stranded, and Never to Return), which caused a sensation when the books came out in the late 1970s and '80s, just after the end of the repressive Franco regime. With their daringly innovative content and prose style, the series broke new ground for the Spanish novel and for women's writing. To date she has published six novels, three story collections, four autobiographical works, and two children's books. From 1960 until her retirement in 2000, Tusquets directed the prestigious Barcelona publishing house Editorial Lumen, which promoted the freedom of intellectual and artistic expression as the country evolved from an authoritarian dictatorship into a modern democracy.Author City: Barcelona SPA