When I Sing, Mountains Dance

Irene Sola

translated from the Catalan by Mara Faye Lethem
Granta 2022
A book review by Danny Yee © 2023 https://dannyreviews.com/
Set in the Catalan Pyrenees, When I Sing, Mountains Dance is intimately tied to its setting, to the mountain slopes and scattered dwellings and local community.

Its narrative is radically polyphonic, with every chapter told from a different perspective and with those perspectives including thunderclouds, mushrooms, a roe deer, and a bear, as well as the different characters. Violence is omnipresent — it opens with a man being killed by lightning, its central threads spiral out from a fatal hunting accident, and the Spanish Civil War and even the Inquisition are not far away — but that violence is never directly described and the overall sense is of an upbeat celebration of life and renewal and compassion.

When I Sing, Mountains Dance is a haunting and memorable novel.

October 2023

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%T When I Sing, Mountains Dance
%A Sola, Irene
%M Catalan
%F Lethem, Mara Faye
%I Granta
%D 2022 [2019]
%O paperback
%G ISBN-13 9781783788255
%P 198pp