Verd madur

(De Joan Viròs)

The storyline:

In this novel, Josep Virós reflects the end of a period that for centuries had defined the social, family and economic relationships of the Pyrenean villages. Based on the amorous passion between the daughter of an average household which had lost its prestige and the heir of the well-to-do household in the village, Virós explains the scope of this institution that dominated the functional structure of the period. Coinciding with the other novels that use the Àssua Valley as their main setting, Virós talks about the Spanish Civil War, about ways of life that have come to an end, about the new city-mountain relations and the bonds that are difficult to break with one's place of origin and which are no doubt one of the motivations that caused the author to write the book.

The link to Àssua Valley:

Verd madur is a fictitious story with a dose of real events. Despite the fact that the author uses invented names throughout the book, the places where a lot of the drama takes place are easily identifiable, as he describes them in great detail. In particular, the rural settings, such as the village in the Àssua Valley, Serresaltes (Llessui), as well as the mountains, the huts, the river banks or the lakes around this village. In addition to the description of the places, a very interesting feature of the book is the author’s ability to reflect on the Pyrenean society of that time; the importance of the home as an institution rather than the individual who lived in it; the framework of social, economic and family relationships necessary to maintain and perpetuate ways of living that in the book are shown to be agonising, but which still managed to condition the life of its characters.

Summary:

Thanks to a chance event, Elvira, the younger daughter of Casa Janot, and Enric, the heir of Pujalt, the manor house of Serresaltes, fall in love with each other secretly. The conditioners of time and space in which the work occurs, between the beginning and middle of the 20th century in the Alt Pirineu region, meant that their lives, instead of coming together, separated. Nevertheless, their fleeting love left a result that kept them united despite the distance.

After many years, a series of coincidences meant that their lives came together again, through their children and nephew, who lived in a period that was less restricted and bound by rules but which, at the same time, makes us reflect on the emotional and experiential upsets of ways of living and of understanding the world.