Novels

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.

País Íntim

(De Maria Barbal)

Plot:

País íntim speaks basically about the tortured relationship between the protagonist and her mother, deeply marked by events that occurred during the Spanish Civil War in a small village of the Pallars region. Several other topics also appear: the role of women in the family and society and evolution throughout the generations and in different circumstances (war, post-war period, transition and democracy, country or city, single versus married...), the contrast of a life in a small village, a big city and a medium city (Tremp), the recovery of historical memory, reparation actions, etc.

In short, but as the author says, «I wanted to write about the collateral effects of history on ordinary persons.»


Mel i metzines

(De Maria Barbal)

Plot:

Mel i metzines again recaptures the landscape and time of peasantry through the memories of Agustí Ribera, born in Olp, but a resident of France, where was exiled by the Spanish Civil War. Throughout the book it relates his childhood, leaving his paternal house to go and study and work, first in Rialp and after that in France, where he began to work washing dishes and ended up being a refined chef.

 

 

Pedra de Tartera

(De Maria Barbal)

Plot:

Pedra de tartera explains in first person the life of a woman, Conxa, as an older woman, far from the land where she was born, who retraces the steps of her life by reviewing the most important moments she has experienced. The main character lives a life of being uprooted during different stages: leaving the family circle, losing a husband and geographical distancing, migrating from the country to the city.

This novel, set in Àssua Valley, narrates the historical period of the first six decades of the 20th century and it speaks about events of this period such as the advent of the Republic, the Civil War and the first years of Franco’s regime, which has a strong impact on the main character, as well as the characteristics of her environment: the poverty of her family; the fact of feeling like a stranger in her aunt and uncle’s home; her dependence on them, afterwards, of the husband and finally, of the sons; the loneliness, the submission of women...

Diverses obres

De Joan LLuís

Records de la meva vida de pastor

RECORDS DE LA MEVA VIDA DE PASTOR

Memoirs. The author tells of his experiences of this job when he was still a child. He explains the life of the shepherds and their beliefs and ways of doing things. The book includes a section dedicated to shepherds’ crooks at the end and another to the calls of the shepherds.

 

 

Viatge literari pel Pallars Sobirà

There are no translations available.

(De Ferran Rella)

Resum

 

La muntanya en general i el Pirineu en concret han estat i són font inesgotable d'inspiració literària. Tots els qui s'hi han aproximat amb respecte i devoció n'han obtingut claus per a la comprensió del fet humà. Aquest llibre convida el lector a resseguir la vall d'Àssua escoltant Les veus del Pamano de Jaume Cabré i l'obra d'altres escriptors i escriptores que han admirat l'energia de la naturalesa i dels seus habitants, i conté un seguit de rutes per visitar la vall tant a peu com en cotxe o bé en bicicleta. Un complement perfecte als itineraris que podeu descarregar-vos en aquest lloc web.

Un dia amb l’Àssua

( Eva LLuvich, and illustrated by Vanesa Freixa)


 

Summary
The tale tells the story of a city girl who spends the summers with his grandparents in a mountain village and help every day in the daily tasks of a farm: feeding the rabbits, fold the eggs of chickens, milking cows and poultry.