In its moment of great splendor the novel was held as a mirror of
society: Merce Rodoreda shatters that mirror in this, her most
ambitious novel, which tells its story in brilliant fragments, a
vision reflected and refracted and finally coming together in a
richly articulated mosaic of life. Through this "Broken Mirror",
the reader sees events and characters spanning three generations
and composing a kaleidoscopic family history ranging over six
decades and turning upon events both intimate and historic--most
notably the Spanish Civil War.
Opening with Teresa Goday, the lovely young fishmonger's daughter
married to a wealthy old man, the story shifts from one perspective
to another, reflecting from myriad angles the founding of a
matriarchal dynasty--and its eventual, seemingly inevitable
disintegration. A family saga extending from the prosperous
Barcelona of the 1870s to the advent of the Franco dictatorship, "A
Broken Mirror" is finally also a novel about the inexorable passing
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