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The Low Voices

by Manuel Rivas

The author shares memories of his own childhood in this intimate coming-of-age story. The warmth with which he recounts events from his past and the love he has for his family is touching and insightful. He uses his journalistic talents to portray a past lived in the shadow of the Spanish Civil War in a refreshingly philosophical way.

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The management said it was for our good. They were nice people. Teaching us a lesson. An intense, historical immersion. Now, it was fear’s turn. But we had already tasted freedom, the greatest sin in Spain. What one cannot say had infiltrated our molars.
Translated by Jonathan Dunne

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