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Mercè Rodoreda

Mercè Rodoreda (1908–1983) is widely regarded as the most important Catalan writer of the twentieth century. Exiled in France and Switzerland following the Spanish Civil War, Rodoreda began writing the novels and short stories—Twenty-two Short Stories, The Times of the Doves, Camellia Street, Garden by the Sea—that would eventually make her internationally famous, while at the same time earning a living as a seamstress. In the mid-1960s she returned to Catalonia, where she continued to write. Death in Spring, her final novel, was published in 2009 Open Letter. Her Selected Stories is forthcoming in Spring 2011. Please see http://openletterbooks.org for more details.

Martha Tennent, a translator from Catalan and Spanish, was born in the United States, but has lived most of her life in Barcelona, receiving her B.A. and Ph.D in English from the University of Barcelona. She recently translated the novels The Invisible City by Emili Rosales, and The Violin of Auschwitz by Maria Àngels Anglada. Her work has appeared in Epiphany, Two Lines, Words Without Borders, PEN America and Review of Contemporary Fiction. Her latest project, the Selected Stories of Mercè Rodoreda, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.