Though Espido Freire, now 38, is a literary celebrity in her native Spain, She published her first novel, Irlanda, at age 24, and went on to. The latest addition to my website is Espido Freire’s Irlanda (Irlanda). Freire’s first novel is the only one of her novels to be translated into English. I love Espido Freire’s Irlanda and it has always annoyed me that it isn’t more widely known. At least, now people can read it in English. Yay!.

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This time she is enchanted by Irlansa. Accept Reject Read More. There she meets her beautiful cousin Irlanda. We hear about her nightmares, her feelings about her family, and her strained relationship with her cousins. But Natalia, unknown to the others, has two other interests. Natalia wird damit auf ihre Weise fertig.

Refresh and try again. B PC rated it liked it May 17, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The personal tragedy of her sister, the fact that they are the poor relations and her lack of friends and social skills all drive Natalia into her fairy-tale world, a world inhabited by her dead sister but also frire princesses and dragons, mysterious spirits and knights in armour.

He bludgeoned the woman feire an inch of her life to punish her for leaving him. Irlanda also eschews the traditional fairy tale logic that evil is cut down and only good rewarded in the end, and instead offers the reader a bleaker worldview, in which the protagonist expido rewarded—but did she deserve it?


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It was a pleasure reading this book and some of the passages in the story are so dark that I was completely enthralled. But let irland toss another possibility into the mix—could it have to do with the subject matter? Intriga total hasta casi el final The three girls do make something of an effort to bring Natalia into their group and it works partially for a while but then the girls have to leave to back to their families.

Natalia is the eldest and it is she that narrates this novel. Sin duda, recomiendo la lectura de Irlanda a todos aquellos que quieran leer un relato que, para bien o para mal, no deja indiferente.

Irlanda by Espido Freire

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At home, she had spent her time with Sagrario at school and when Sagrario no longer went to school, she looked after her younger sister. Her sister fades in and out, a ghost that dances and waves from behind oak trees, and like any proper fairy tale, the adults are always away.

Another excerpt from the novel was published in the Summer issue of The Modern Review. This might mark Natalia as a perceptive girl, but when taken too far, it also has a hand in her moral and psychological downfall. Translated from the Spanish by Toshiya Kamei.

Il doppio regno The Dual Realm. Spare, clean prose with startlingly morbid, disturbing, and beautiful imagery; sentences that will squeeze your heart dry until you are left gasping for breath.


Natalia is one of rspido recent female characters who use their considerable intelligence, strength and resilience in order to defend their right never to grow up and take responsibility for their own lives. Yet at the same time this mysterious turtle keeps cropping up, almost parallel to the comfort her sister seems to give her.

Jan 16, Juan Quibrera rated it really liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. And that is all I will say about the plot This narrator manipulates her story any way she wishes.

The world, fear, stretched forth under the window like my new domain. To ask other readers questions about Irlandaplease sign up. Feb 26, Kurai rated it it was ok. Iranda is also noteworthy that Espido Freire has been active in supporting animals rights and protection, as for instance she participated in the cycle of conferences which took place in the Parliament of Catalonia in order to abolish bullfighting.

Then I can read and discuss. This was set up two years previously with Sagrario but Natalia has continued it and continues it here. This is a rather stranger and still stranger book that is told from irlanad odd and socially ackward point of view of Natalia. Barcelona first published