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The Sleeping Voice

by Dulce Chacon

PUBLISHED: 5th January 2006
ISBN: 9781843432098
ANNOTATION:
Dulce Chacon's book has had an immense success in Spain, no doubt because the novelist speaks with a just and powerful voice, and because she has allowed women - the most anonymous, the most suppressed, the most silenced - to speak out" Le Monde It is 1939.
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PUBLISHED: 5th January 2006
ISBN: 9781843432098
ANNOTATION:
Dulce Chacon's book has had an immense success in Spain, no doubt because the novelist speaks with a just and powerful voice, and because she has allowed women - the most anonymous, the most suppressed, the most silenced - to speak out" Le Monde It is 1939.

Annotation

Dulce Chacon's book has had an immense success in Spain, no doubt because the novelist speaks with a just and powerful voice, and because she has allowed women - the most anonymous, the most suppressed, the most silenced - to speak out" Le Monde

It is 1939.

Publisher Description

It is 1939. In the Ventas prison in Madrid a group of women have been incarcerated. Their crime is to have supported or fought on the Republican side in Spain's devastating Civil War. Chief among them is Hortensia, who fought with the militia and is pregnant by her husband Felipe, a man still fighting against Franco's dictatorship. After giving birth to a baby girl, Hortensia is executed by a firing squad. Later on, her husband will also be shot during an ambush, and her sister Pepita becomes her niece's guardian. Intertwined with these events is the inspiring, romantic and infinitely moving love affair between Pepita and the leader of a guerrilla group, Paulino (alias Jaime). Spanning the years 1939-1963, and based on the lives of actual women survivors of the Spanish Civil War (the "sleeping voice" of the title) who suffered death and imprisonment under the Franco regime, Dulce Chacon's bestselling novel is remarkable for its combination of dramatic intensity and historical authenticity.

Author Biography

Dulce Chac n was born in Zafra (Badajoz) in 1954. A prize-winning poet and novelist, her life was cut short by cancer just as The Sleeping Voice was establishing her reputation throughout Europe.

Review

"'Dulce Chacon's book has had an immense success in Spain, no doubtbecause the novelist speaks with a just and powerful voice, and becauseshe has allowed women - the most anonymous, the most suppressed, themost silenced - to speak out.' Martine Silber, Le Monde"

Promotional

A novel based on the testimonies of hundreds of survivors that tells the previously untold story of the women who were on the losing side in the Spanish Civil War 20050217

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"Dulce Chacn's book has had an immense success in Spain, no doubtbecause the novelist speaks with a just and powerful voice, and becauseshe has allowed women - the most anonymous, the most suppressed, themost silenced - to speak out." -- Le Monde

Promotional "Headline"

A novel based on the testimonies of hundreds of survivors that tells the previously untold story of the women who were on the losing side inthe Spanish Civil War.

Product Details

Year
2006
Translator
Nick Caistor
ISBN-10
1843432099
ISBN-13
9781843432098
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2006-01-05
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Author
Dulce Chacon
Media
Book
Pages
272
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Audience
General/Trade