Roser Capdevila, La nena que volia dibuixar [The girl who wanted to draw], 2018, 120 p.
A grey postwar infancy, according to Roser Capdevila
“La nena que volia dibuixar” is a splendid portrait of daily life during the first years of the Franco regime: from the manias, hobbies and routines of every family member, the girls’ education, over the greyness of the school, ever-present religion and the boring social relations, to the moments of freedom given by play, special holidays or excursions with friends. Roser Capdevila, with her extraordinary drawings and texts, makes of her personal memories universal memories. They bring the readers with a tender and detail-oriented view, not without criticism, to a bare and narrow society that slowly modernizes with the arrival of new household appliances and new habits. Born when the Spanish Civil War was about to end, Roser Capdevila has kept the significant details fresh in her memory, the precise nuance, the revealing anecdotes that explain how the country and the people were like.
Roser Capdevila (Barcelona, Jan. 23, 1939). From 1980 onwards she has devoted herself to writing and illustrating stories for different European publishing houses; until completing a bibliography with more than 300 titles, which made her the most translated Catalan author. She is the creator of the animation series Les Tres Bessones, Sans Barbe, Les Belles Histoires, La Bruixa Avorrida, Les Tres Bessones Bebés, and La gallina Koki.
A lot of Catalan (and Spanish) preschoolers during the past 20 years have enjoyed Capdevila’s Tres bessones [“three twins” = triplets] in the form of short videos, often narrating classic fairy tales in a new version.
SOURCE: Angle Ed. (publisher)