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Author: Patricia Lunn,Jaume Cabré
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Title: Winter Journey
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Language: English
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Publisher: Swan Isle Press; 2 edition (January 15, 2010)
Pages: 182

Winter Journey by Patricia Lunn,Jaume Cabré



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Jaume Cabre's Winter Journey, a collection of short stories, are based on the progression of a Schubert symphony (I believe it was a symphony), and the result is music for both the eyes and ears. Using this format, Cabre binds these stories together in ways both obvious and subtle and in instances where one doesn't always expect any relevance to be found.

Winter Journey is a ‘pan-tonal’ tour de force, a contrapuntal canon whose multiple motifs, including missing Rembrandts, unreat texts, and unrequited love, coalesce like memory to evoke the fragility of love and beauty in the shadow of mortality. Jaume Cabré is a novelist, essayist, screenwriter, playwright, and philologist. Among his works are the novels La teranyina, Fra Junoy o l’agonia dels sons, Senyoria, L'ombra de l'eunuc, and Les veus del Pamano. Translated by Patricia Lunn. This collection of short stories from Jaume Cabre is his first to be translated into English. Cabre is a Catalan author, teacher, and philologist.

The book Winter Journey, Jaume Cabre is published by Swan Isle Press. Winter Journey is a ‘pan-tonal’ tour de force, a contrapuntal canon whose multiple motifs, including missing Rembrandts, unreat texts, and unrequited love, coalesce like memory to evoke the fragility of love and beauty in the shadow of mortality.

Jaume Cabré will read from his book Winter Journey (Swan Isle Press) and participate in a panel discussion about the book and contemporary Catalan literature with his translator, Professor Patricia Lunn (Professor Emerita, Michigan State University), and moderator Professor Mario Santana (The University of Chicago). Winter Journey is the first English translation of Viatge d'hivern, translated from the original Catalan. With this highly original collection of short stories, Catalonian writer Jaume Cabré takes his place among the masters of the form.

With this highly original collection of short stories, Catalonian writer Jaume Cabré takes his place among the masters of the form. In Winter Journey, the reader encounters disparate and often desperate characters-pianist, cuckold, whore, organ builder, rabbi, priest, scholar, thief, hitman, madman, Holocaust survivor, oligarch, failed artist-who challenge notions about will, morality, and the riddle of existence. Richly allusive with its themes and motifs of music and art, Winter Journey will continue to provoke questions long after the reader has closed the book.

The Roderleins, because the performer was their professor, held out, though they were in agony, until the twelfth variation. Beautiful, the way the book had turned out. On the cover, the Franciscan church in Vienna where Fischer had played the organ for thirty-three years. And a dedication from Zoltan: "To Pere Bros, who gave me the greatest joy of my life by telling me that he still considered exemplary, twenty-five years later, my version of the . 6o.

Winter Journey is the first of Jaume Cabre's works to be translated into English. Imaginative and accomplished, it needs no special pleading. Winter Journey is an atypical collection of short stories. Many collections bring together stories that were written over a given period of time, but these stories were written at different times and-as Cabre explains in the Epilogue-were brought together only when he figured out what they had in common.

English] Winter journey, Jaume Cabré ; translated by Patricia Lunn. 192 p. 15 x 22 cm. ISBN 978-748881-6-3 (alk. paper) I. Lunn, Patricia V. (Patricia Vining), II. Title. 9354-dc22 2009036272 Swan Isle Press gratefully acknowledges that this book has been made possible, in part, with the support of generous grants from:, Institut Ramon Llull, Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities and Program for Cultural Cooperation, The Illinois Arts Council, A State of Illinois Agency, Europe Bay Giving Trust. Second variation: the knowlegeable members of the audience were exchanging even more worried glances, and a deep, clear voice from the thirteenth row could be heard saying, I don’t know what this guy’s playing, but it’s bullshit. Third variation: three people get up.

With this highly original collection of short stories, Catalonian writer Jaume Cabré takes his place among the masters of the form. In Winter Journey, the reader encounters disparate and often desperate characters—pianist, cuckold, whore, organ builder, rabbi, priest, scholar, thief, hitman, madman, Holocaust survivor, oligarch, failed artist—who challenge notions about will, morality, and “the riddle of existence.” This is not a selection of individual stories, but a singularly brilliant and enigmatic narrative, novelistic in its approach, with mysterious connections linking characters, objects, and ideas across time and place. The text takes the form of a Schubertian musical progression in prose, a philosophical mystery moving freely through a labyrinth of centuries and cities, historical and contemporary. Richly allusive with its themes and motifs of music and art, Winter Journey will continue to provoke questions long after the reader has closed the book. This edition represents the first translation of Cabré’s work into English and an invitation to many more readers to come along for the ride.
Reviews: 3
Uleran
Translated by Patricia Lunn

This collection of short stories from Jaume Cabre is his first to be translated into English. Cabre is a Catalan author, teacher, and philologist. What is a philologist? Hopefully I'm not the only clueless one out there! A philologist is someone who studies the historical development of languages and literature. This aptitude for linguistics is especially apparent in Winter Journey in the way Cabre expresses dialogue, illustrates a character's inner thoughts, and describes influential details in different scenes.

The short stories vary a great deal, but a common thread in many is music, both composition and performance. Many of the characters deal with problems that occur in their lives in the most unpredictable ways. Cabre reveals his characters, even the most flawed ones, with a thread of humor and care. It is as if he is acknowledging that they are flawed but that they still have value.

My favorite was "With Hope in His Hands", about a father enduring a long-term prison sentence with no word from his only child. He spends his days agonizing over why she hasn't written him a letter in all the time he's been incarcerated. He wonders if she's ashamed of him, how her health is, and even if she's still alive. His worry leads him to plot an escape plan, with the sole intention of seeing her again, just once. Despite various setbacks, he keeps planning, and finally, the moment arrives for him to escape. But just as dramatically, he is given the answer to all his questions, and he chooses to remain in prison. It's not despair but joy that makes him stay. The way the story unfolds, with flashbacks as well as details of the prison, feels incredibly real.

Another is "Dust", about a young woman hired to clean the spectacularly huge library of an aging book collector. She spends her days in the various genres, sometimes in ORIENTAL POETRY, other times caring for TRAVEL BOOKS, EUROPE. She imagines the value that all of the books must have, and assigns a similar awe-struck value to their collector. After some time in his employ, she questions him about the books and how important they must be. His response is that "I'm searching for wisdom...Because wisdom is shy and it likes to throw up smokescreens so people will leave it in peace. I pursue the unknown wisdom that always hides [...] In apparent mediocrity." He then, to her shock, explains to her that his collection is pretty much the worst of the worst: terrible poetry and hideous novels. The twist is there and it packs a punch, but Cabre pursues it even further, revealing the reason why the collector keeps the vast works at hand.

Each of the short stories features some sort of distortion of expectation in one way or another, but they never get gimmicky. Towards the end of the collection, a story called "Winterreise" re-introduces us to two characters from the very first story. Cabre doesn't just deepen the previous storyline, but he takes it into a new direction with unexpected details that weren't evident before. It changes everything, and creates an entirely new storyline that is painful, ironic, and a tiny bit funny.
unmasked
Generally I don't like short stories as they usually are not fully developed for me. This collection is more than that. Each story tells of it's own little world involving the reader in a complete way. There is pathos, humor and irony running through them. And the slightest connective thread that keeps you on your toes to ensure you don't miss it. Subtle mentions of a town or a name that awaken your mind to something that has come before. I agree with another reviewer who says it's a pity that this is the only English translation of this author. Makes you want to go out and learn Catalan if only just to read his other works.
Najinn
This book, a translation from Catalan, is one of the best short story collections I've read in a long time. I picked it up because it was published by Swan Isle Press, a small publisher from whom I've found several unusual and interesting offerings from in the past. It won the "Catalan Letters Award of Honour" award. I'm certainly hoping that more of Cabré's work is translated into English in the future. If you like short stories, you can't go wrong here.