Irene Solà

An unbelievably fierce, utterly alive novel coming to readers out of the Catalan, Irene Solà’s debut prose work, published in English as When I Sing, Mountains Dance (Graywolf Press), with the translation by Mara Faye Lethem, is the occasion for this special, trans-oceanic virtual appearance. Also the author of a translated book of poems, Beast, Irene Solà in When I Sing, Mountains Dance has written a book carrying the fragility and fleetingness of life set amidst the timeless and enduring. This is one of those rare contemporary novels that takes readers to the place of the at-once strange and familiar place that is the mythic.

When I Sing, Mountains Dance made me swoon. Translated with great musicality and wit, it is rich and ranging, shimmering with human and non-human life, the living and the dead, in our time and deep time; a fable that is utterly universal, deadly funny, and profoundly moving.” - Max Porter.

“Like nothing I've read before. This novel is a feral, yowling love howl to a place of such staggering majesty that it resists usual comprehension. . . . Solà pushes past the limits of human experience to tell a story of instinct and earth-time that is irresistible in its jagged glory.”—C Pam Zhang.



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ISBN: 9781644450802
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 15th, 2022

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