Cry, Mother Spain

Cry, Mother Spain

Cry, Mother Spain

The novel is an enthralling read based on the author’s mother, Montse, and her experiences during the Spanish Civil War, from which she fled to France as a refugee. The book’s narrator intersperses her mother’s oral history with extensive paraphrases from Georges Bernanos’s eyewitness account of the conflict, Les Grands Cimetières sous la lune (1938; Eng. A Diary of My Times, 1938). Montse’s passages reflect her manner of speaking: she frequently interjects phrases in Spanish as well as words in “fragnol,” or Spanish-inflected French. The linguistic range of the novel makes it particularly interesting from a translation perspective.