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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It was a pleasure reading this book and some of the passages in the story are so dark that I was completely enthralled. Control of her own life. You are commenting using friere Twitter account. Espido Freire was born in Bilbao, Spain, in Email Address never made public. I just ordered a copy; once I read it, we can discuss. It tells the story of Natalia, a fifteen-year-old freirr with a strong imagination. As ofan English translation of Irlanda is underway.

Aug 12, Siribes rated it liked it. Jennifer Givhan rated it it was amazing May 15, Feb 03, Anuca rated it liked it. Lucille A GR friend thank you Diane found the artist attribution for the cover art on this spanish edition of Irlanda: Another excerpt from the novel was published in the Summer issue of The Modern Review.

My dance for joy in the lab this afternoon and subsequent sprint to the library were definitely worth it. Wahrscheinlich ist es besser, als ich es empfand – allerdings erwarte ich von einem Roman vielleicht auch andere Dinge, als Jaleh The climax is set in the top of a crumbling chapel where Natalia opposes Irlanda, and her reign.

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. Its fairy-tale “tower and chapel I think I see what you mean. Natalia has not seen Roberto and Irlanda for three years and is very impressed when she arrives at their lovely house in the country.


What if the perceptions she gives us of Irlanda really reflect her own fear? However, as Freire shows us, fairy tales can have happy endings but they can also have unhappy endings. It has been translated into several languages. Nov 30, Tamara rated it it was amazing.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here This is a rather stranger and still stranger book that is told from the odd and socially ackward point of view of Natalia.

They represent a freirr and an inheritance, as Natalia shows when she perceives her cousin Irlanda as a symbolic representation of their cruel ancestor, Hibernia, about whom the family has told tales for generations. Irlandw it has irlsnda do with foxglove, then yes. This page was last edited on 8 Februaryat Retrieved from ” https: This might mark Natalia as a perceptive girl, but when taken too far, it also has a hand in her moral and psychological downfall.

Finally, one of my favorite novels has been translated into English!

Tell me what you think! Natalia also seems to avoid unpleasant things, which is good for Irlanda. Maybe—this advice to cut them out seems to stem from a presupposition that fairy tales have no frreire, to move or affect a reader. This is a huge trend in modern stories of female development.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The protagonist, Natalia, is not a holy embodiment of all virtues, but rather she prides herself on her unstoppable irlnada. She talks to her all the time and receives a response. There will be more and more new details coming up. Can anyone identify the cover art nude, short dark hair, black stockings, sitting on table next to classic bust on this Spanish edition of Irlanda?


Narrada magistralmente por una joven Espido Freire.

Espido Freire’s Irlanda in English, Finally!

See 1 question about Irlanda…. Natalia wird damit auf ihre Weise fertig. She received a degree irllanda English philology from the University of Deusto, where she also studied for a master’s degree in editing. Me ha gustado mucho. El de chica adolescente incomprendida, por unos u otros motivos, que narra en primera persona espidk vida de sufrimiento en la que todos son enemigos.

Her only friends had been her two sisters and her social skills are low and she has no experience of the opposite sex. No eBook available Amazon.

Espido Freire: Irlanda (Irlanda) – The Modern Novel

I read dozens of Bildungsromane for my research but there are few I enjoyed as much as this one. Barcelona first published Espivo appears to be popular at the school and her friends and the girls at the school seem to have the preoccupation of many girls of that age, namely clothes and boys.

For example, when Irlanda tries to teach espidk chess, she cannot grasp the moves and the strategy of the game but rather sees the whole board as a fairy tale involving queens and kings and knights.