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- DescriptionDulce Chacon's book has had an immense success in Spain, doubt because the velist speaks with a just and powerful voice, and because she has allowed women - the most anymous, the most suppressed, the most silenced - to speak out - Le Monde It is 1939. In the Ventas prison in Madrid, a group of women have been incarcerated. Their crime is to have supported or fought on the Republican side in Spain's cruel and devastating Civil War. Chief among them are Hortensia, who fought with the militia and is pregnant by her husband Felipe - a man still at large and fighting against Franco's dictatorship - and who lives with the kwledge that she will be shot after she gives birth; sixteen-year-old Elvira, who tried to leave Spain with her mother, but was arrested by the Falangists while she was boarding their ship; Tomasa, whose husband, four sons and daughter-in-law were thrown off a bridge; and Pepita, Hortensia's sister, who from outside the prison acts as messenger between her and her husband. Dulce Chacon's deeply moving vel is based on the actual testimonies of a number of women who survived the Spanish Civil War, and suffered imprisonment under the France regime, as well as on accounts of others who died fighting for freedom. A bestseller in Spain, where it was voted 'Book of the year', The Sleeping Voice is remarkable for its combination of dramatic intensity and historical authenticity.
- Author BiographyDulce Chacon was born in Zafra (Badajoz) in 1954. A prize-winning poet and novelist, her life was cut short by cancer just as The Sleeping Voice was establishing her reputation throughout Europe.
- Author(s)Dulce Chacon
- PublisherVintage Publishing
- Date of Publication05/01/2006
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHarvill Secker
- Weight361 g
- Width153 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Translated byNick Caistor
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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