Charlotte Whittle, Elisa Victoria
NZ$ 34.99
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NZ$ 27.99
Not defined - 256pg
5 Oct 2021 UK
International import eta 7-19 days
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Amid the oppressive heat, and in the aftermath of the exuberance of Seville' s Expo ' 92, Marina spends a chaotic summer with her grandmother while her mother receives hospital treatment for a grave but unnamed illness. There are no rules-swearing, talking about lovers, eating treats and staying up late are all allowed, and it is a summer with endless possibilities. Marina still plays with dolls, but also watches pornographic movies and fantasises about sex and violence. And as she faces the challenging transition to adolescence, she is torn between the safe world of childhood and the sexual feelings that obsess her. In Oldladyvoice, debut author Elisa Victoria presents a fresh and vivid take on growing up, through the eyes of a funny, perceptive and endearing narrator.
' From the first page, a seductive universe comes into view. It' s similar to love at first sight, and there' s no need for hesitation, just for the most innocent surrender. ' Elvira Linda, El Pais ----' Good novels find their protagonist' s voice and make the reader feel close to them. Such is the case of Oldladyvoice. [. . . ] The magic of Oldladyvoice also lies in its supporting characters (the grandmother, mother and mother' s boyfriend) and the conversations they have with Marina, which can make you smile and break your heart in the same line. ' Paula de Aguirre, Le Cool Barcelona ----' Marina is firing the last bullets of her childhood, and she does it in a clean, powerful shot of poetry, hope, and zest for life. ' Cesar Prieto, Efe Eme music magazine
Elisa Victoria was born in Seville in 1985. She has published two books of short stories, Porn & Pains in 2013, and La sombra de los pinos in 2018, and has contributed to several anthologies. Her debut novel, Oldladyvoice, was published in Spanish in 2019 to great critical acclaim and was selected as Book of the Week by El Pais. Charlotte Whittle has translated works by Silvia Goldman, Jorge Comensal and Rafael Toriz, among others. Her translation of Norah Lange' s People in the Room was longlisted for the American Literary Translators Association prize and shortlisted for both the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation and the Society of Authors' TA First Translation Prize. Her translation of Notes from Childhood, also by Norah Lange, was published by And Other Stories in 2021. She lives in New York.

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