Snippet: Maria Ángeles Cabré’s “Countercurrently…” – on eight female writers (non-fiction)

Maria Ángeles Cabré, A contracorriente. Escritoras a la intemperie del siglo XX [Countercurrently. (Female) writers out in the open of the 20th century], 2015, 280 p.

The publisher’s summary:

Quite some time ago literature ceased to be an exclusively male homeland, and today there are many female writers who populate our libraries, converting them into more plural and fertile places. A contracorriente summons eight (female) writers who went out to writing with tenacity in the most agitated century and with whom we are in debt for some of our most favorite readings.

From the German thinker Hannah Arendt to the Argentine poet Alejandra Pizarnik, from the universal Catalan Mercè Rodoreda, one of the most authorized voices of our literature “in the feminine”, to the Danish Isak Dinesen, via the Ucranian-French Irène Némirovsky, the Italian Elsa Morante and the American Carson McCullers, without forgetting Virginia Woolf, a British of unswerving literary vocation and one of the most important writers of the 20th century.

With very different life courses and literary backgrounds, all of them protagonized intensive lives. Disease left some of them in suspense, others went away too early, some took their life, and exile marked the existence of those who were forced to start again in new landscapes. Eight portraits that illuminate the legend of these essential authors without whom modern literature would not be the same.

Maria Ángeles Cabré (Barcelona, 1968) is a writer, translator, literary critic, and director of the Observatori Cultural de Gènere [Cultural observatory on gender; homepage (Catalan)]. She is also a prolific blogger (four blogs in Spanish).

SOURCE: Elba (publisher); review by Pepe Rivas in “Cultura/s”, La Vanguardia, May 2, 2015, pp. 10-11 (printed edition).

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