The Dolls’ Room

Catalan Literature Series
Llorenç Villalonga
Translated by Deborah Bonner

A classic of contemporary Catalan literature, and a haunting and satirical portrait of a vanishing age, Llorenç Villalonga’s The Dolls’ Room concerns the decline of Don Toni and Dona Maria Antònia Bearn: aristocrats, cousins, husband and wife, and members of the decadent, age-old ruling class of a town that bears their name. Their story is told by the naïve family priest, Don Joan, who was taken under Don Toni’s wing as a schoolboy. Describing the shabby grandeur of his benefactors’ lives in their ancient, rundown family mansion, their grand but ruinous excursions to Paris and Rome, and the mysterious events that lead to their deaths, the humbly devote Joan is continually challenged, and perhaps titillated, by Don Toni’s impious personality, his defiance of church authority, and his scandalous affairs. Partly condemning and partly admiring his devilish mentor, the pure-minded Don Joan’s lurid “biography” of the Bearns is a testament to the eternal attractiveness of the libertine, and the lengths to which we go in justifying our own worst impulses.

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Translated by Deborah Bonner
Publication: Catalan Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 272
ISBN-13: 9781564786128
GTIN13: 9781564786128
Publication date: 11/16/2010
Language: eng
List price: $14.95