Uncertain Glory

Author:   Joan Sales ,  Peter Bush ,  Peter Bush
Publisher:   Quercus Publishing
Edition:   UK Airports
ISBN:  

9780857051516


Pages:   464
Publication Date:   02 October 2014
Format:   Paperback
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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SPAIN, 1937. Posted to the Aragonese front, Lieutenant Lluis Ruscalleda eschews the drunken antics of his comrades and goes in search of intrigue. But the lady of Castel de Olivo - a beautiful widow with a shadowy past - puts a high price on her affections. In Barcelona, Trini Milmany struggles to raise Lluis' son on her own, letters from the front her only solace. With bombs falling as fast as the city's morale, she leaves to winter with Lluis' brigade on a quiet section of the line. But even on 'dead' fronts the guns do not stay silent for long. Trini's decision will put her family's fate in the hands of Juli Soleras, old friend and traitor of easy conscience, a philosopher-cynic locked in an eternal struggle with himself. Joan Sales, a combatant in the civil war, distilled his experiences into a timeless story of thwarted love, lost youth and crushed illusions. A thrilling epic that has drawn comparison with the work of Dostoevsky and Stendhal, Uncertain Glory is a homegrown counterpart to classics such as Homage to Catalonia and For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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Author:   Joan Sales ,  Peter Bush ,  Peter Bush
Publisher:   Quercus Publishing
Imprint:   MacLehose Press
Edition:   UK Airports
Dimensions:   Width: 15.80cm , Height: 3.50cm , Length: 23.30cm
Weight:   0.610kg
ISBN:  

9780857051516


ISBN 10:   0857051512
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   02 October 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
This item will be ordered in for you from one of our suppliers. Upon receipt, we will promptly dispatch it out to you. For in store availability, please contact us.
Language:   English

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Philosophical and earthy, tragic and funny, honest, raw, superb: Sales makes Hemingway seem thin, even anemic, in comparison. This book is a rich and highly recommended feast. * Kirkus (Best Fiction of 2017) * In this bravura novel of the Spanish Civil War 1936-39, Catalan author Joan Sales evokes its messy, devastating lived reality, but even more memorably the intense feeling of being alive which war paradoxically produces... at the novel's core is a group of young 'voices', brilliantly rendered, as they rage to live -- History Today A masterwork that will seduce anew with its passion, humour, pathos and the all too-human spats of anger -- Eileen Battersby * Irish Times * Wonderfully readable . . . Uncertain Glory is a major novel that expresses the disillusion of a generation who fought a just war against fascism, but lost their idealism and youth -- Michael Eaude * Literary Review * Magnificent . . . Peter Bush and MacLehose Press have done a great service in reviving this Catalan classic -- Maya Jaggi * Guardian *


In this bravura novel of the Spanish Civil War 1936-39, Catalan author Joan Sales evokes its messy, devastating lived reality, but even more memorably the intense feeling of being alive which war paradoxically produces... at the novel's core is a group of young 'voices', brilliantly rendered, as they rage to live -- History Today A masterwork that will seduce anew with its passion, humour, pathos and the all too-human spats of anger -- Eileen Battersby * Irish Times * Wonderfully readable . . . Uncertain Glory is a major novel that expresses the disillusion of a generation who fought a just war against fascism, but lost their idealism and youth -- Michael Eaude * Literary Review * Magnificent . . . Peter Bush and MacLehose Press have done a great service in reviving this Catalan classic -- Maya Jaggi * Guardian *


'Uncertain Glory stands out as a lone monument among Catalan novels of the postwar period' Xavier Pla.


'Uncertain Glory stands out as a lone monument among Catalan novels of the postwar period' Xavier Pla. 'Wonderfully readable, with the vivid images of the physical world and everyday life that gives substance to fiction interspersed with sharp conversation, scatological philosophical rants and touches of (usually dark) humour, Uncertain Glory is a major novel that expresses the disillusion of a generation who fought a just war against fascism, but lost their idealism and youth' Michael Eaude, Literary Review.


'Magnificent ... Seen through Spanish eyes, Uncertain Glory - originally published in 1956 and now available in Peter Bush's superb English translation - was the first Catalan novel to depict the civil war from the defeated, republican side. Peter Bush and MacLehose Press have done a great service in reviving this Catalan classic' Maya Jaggi, Guardian. 'Wonderfully readable, with the vivid images of the physical world and everyday life that gives substance to fiction interspersed with sharp conversation, scatological philosophical rants and touches of (usually dark) humour, Uncertain Glory is a major novel that expresses the disillusion of a generation who fought a just war against fascism, but lost their idealism and youth' Michael Eaude, Literary Review. 'Uncertain Glory stands out as a lone monument among Catalan novels of the postwar period' Xavier Pla. 'To read his bravura novel is to feel part of the shouting, the opinions, the confusion, the half-baked arguments, the terror, the regrets. Sales has evoked a moment in time and Peter Bush's vibrant, multi-voiced translation had conveyed the energy, romance and the freshness of a masterwork that will seduce anew with its passion, humour, pathos and the all too-human spats of anger' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times.


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Joan Sales (1912-83) was a Catalan writer, translator and editor. Uncertain Glory is his crucial testament. Peter Bush is a leading translator from Spanish and especially Catalan.

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