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The low voices

Rivas, Manuel, 1957-2016
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MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION (POST C 1945). The Low Voices is a novel about life, it is life itself telling stories, it is the memory of the quiet voices of the people I got to know. The Low Voices draws on a patchwork of memories from Rivas's early life under Franco. There's Rivas's beloved elder sister, Maria, who died young; his mother, the verbivore; his father, a construction worker with vertigo; and a supporting cast of local priests, chatty hairdressers, monstrous carnival effigies, wolf hunters, and a baritone cockerel. The book is full of personal stories such as his first fight, using suitcases for school chairs (a reminder of the grinding poverty that forced many to leave Galicia), and his burgeoning career in journalism, against a background of the unspoken dread of the Spanish Civil War at home, and the wider world as Coca-Cola sets up a factory nearby and news comes in of men landing on the moon.
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The low voices / Manuel Rivas ; translated from the Galician by Jonathan Dunne.
London : Harvill Secker, 2016.London Harvill Secker, 2016.©2016.
164 pages ; 23 cm.
"First published with the title As voces baixas in Galicia by Edicions Xerais de Galicia in 2012"--T.p. verso.Translated from the Galician.
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