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GATELL PEREZ, Montse  and  IRIBARREN DONADEU, Teresa. Spanish Civil War and woman’s condition in the Catalan novel: Pedra de tartera , by Maria Barbal. Alpha [online]. 2017, n.45, pp.157-170. ISSN 0718-2201.

Ten years after Franco’s death, the Catalan writer Maria Barbal published Stone in a Landslide (1985), a novel about the life story of a peasant woman of the Pyrenees marked by the Spanish Civil War. The aim of this paper is to prove that local and international success of the work lies in the ability of the narrative voice to remember the past from the ethical stance against the secular patriarchal powers and commitment to denouncing the woman’s condition. The work of Barbal still has not had the academic attention that it deserves, especially as a war narrative. In order to place Stone in a Landslide in the corpus of the narrative of memory addressing Civil War, we propose an exegesis that places the focus on the recognition of patriarchal, war and postwar violence suffered by the protagonist.

Keywords : Spanish Civil War; Catalan novel; Maria Barbal; Pyrenees; status of woman.

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