I Sing and the Mountain Dances
Canto jo i la muntanya balla
1960s. Domènec, a peasant and a poet, and Sió, his wife, a beautiful and determined girl, move to Matavaques, his country house, in an area of high mountains close to the border with France. During one of their customary walks, Domènec dies hit by lightning in the middle of a storm. Sió must carry on running the farm and the education of their children Mia and Hilari, who are still very young.
1970s. The children grow up a bit wild, due to their isolation as well as Sió’s attitude, as she can’t overcome the death of her husband. The local legends (water maidens, victims of the witch hunt of the Middle Ages and the memory still alive of the Republicans who went into exile just in this part of the world) and the landscape of the Pyrenees shape the imagination and sensibility of these children who have a wonderful friendship with a neighbor their age—the strong and mysterious Jaume.
End of 1980s. Hilari inherits his father’s interest in poetry; Mia is a responsible older sister. Time passes and Jaume and Mia enter into a relationship. The discovery of the world is also a discovery of their bodies. But one day, when they are just 20, Hilari and Jaume go hunting venison and Jaume accidentally kills Hilari. Condemned for gross negligence and consumed by guilt, Jaume cuts off all contact with Mia. When he get out of prison he never returns to the village.
Second decade of 2000s. Mia is a shy woman who lives with the only company of her dog Lluna. In her house there is a presence, a bad vibe that only her neighbor Neus will be able to expel for she is gifted. Neus’s daughter, Cristina, who used to observe Mia and Jaume when they went on their walks, is back in town after some years away and will try to help Mia exit the hole she has voluntarily locked herself up in all these years. One night where he has drunk too much at the bar where he works as a cook, Jaume runs over a venison with his car. When he realizes that the animal is still alive, he feels the impulse to go back to Matavaques to finally talk to Mia.
With an overflowing and contagious energy, Solà has written a tight novel with a beautiful prose full of textures and a daring game of points of views.
"Irene Solà's book grabs you through a combination of intensity and talent as well as great irreverence and courage to use tradition and put it at the service of a modern literary approach." – Sergi Pàmies
Irene Solà (Malla, 1990) és llicenciada en Belles Arts per la Universitat de Barcelona i té un Màster en Literatura, Cinema i Cultura Visual per la Universitat de Sussex. El seu llibre de poemes Bèstia (Galerada, 2012) va rebre el Premi de Poesia Amadeu Oller i ha estat traduït a l’anglès (Shearsman Books, 2017). La seva primera novel·la, Els dics, va guanyar el Premi Documenta 2017 (L’Altra Editorial). Els seus textos i obres s’han exposat i llegit al CCCB, a la Whitechapel Gallery i el Jerwood Arts Centre (Londres), al Bòlit de Girona, a ACVIC, a la Galeria JosédelaFuente (Santander), al Festival Internacional de Poesia de Sant Cugat, a la Festa de la Poesia de Sitges o el Festival Poesia i +, entre d’altres, i col·labora regularment a La Llança. Ha rebut reconeixements com les Ajudes a la Creació Literària del Departament de Cultura, la Beca d’Art Jove o la Beca Ciutat de Vic, i ha estat una de les artistes seleccionades dins del programa Barcelona Producció-La Capella 2017. A l’octubre de 2018 va ser l’escriptora resident a l’Alan Cheuse International Writers Center de la Universitat George Mason (Virgínia) i recentment ha estat seleccionada per participar durant la tardor de 2019 al programa Writers Art Omi-Ledig House (Nova York).
Fotografia© Oscar Holloway.