Collection: Adult fiction, num. 1
Objective public: General
Size: 13 x 21 cm
Vipa, a young woman with a terminal illness, is fighting against the clock and the most elementary laws of common sense in order to stay alive long enough for the child she is carrying to be born. The child, Arcadi, does not know if he will be born and rebels against the fate that is imposed on him though he is unsure about taking any gamble. Lluïsa, who has spent half her life not daring to live, cannot bear anyone telling her what she should do in her remaining years. These three characters form the vertices of a triangle surrounding a human drama that is difficult to resolve, a tough but tender drama, like existence itself. The denouement of this story is based on real-life facts that are then left behind so that its narration becomes a hymn to the extraordinary dignity in the actions of ordinary people. It will fill the reader’s eyes with tears but will also leave a smile on the lips and in the heart.
Mercè Foradada was born in Barcelona in 1967 and presently lives in Vilanova i la Geltrú. She has a degree in Catalan Philology and has taught Catalan Language and Literature full-time in a number of secondary schools. She now works in with the Vilanova i la Geltrú Council as Councillor in charge of Culture. She has published several text books and learning materials for students of Catalan, for example the series Català Guai (Cool Catalan), which she wrote with Lupe Moratalla. She has also written a novel En el prestatge (On the Shelf), winner of the 2001-2002 DON-NA Prize and the collection of short stories Velles, amb v de vida (Elderly Women, with E for Enjoyment), both of which were published by Edicions 62.