Narrative: Jardins de Mercè Rodoreda

The entries under this location revolve around modern and contemporary narrative. Mercè Rodoreda i Gurguí (Barcelona, 1908 – Girona, 1983). Catalan writer. On the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, she was an acknowledged writer on account of her writing and collaborations for newpapers and magazines, and also her novels. She exiled in 1939 and, since then, came to live in Paris, Bordeaux and Geneva. In 1949 she won the Catalan Poetry Contest “Jocs Florals” and was awarded with the highest recognition of this poetry contest “Mestra en gai saber” (Master of the Gay Science); this award gave recognition to her poetic work, less known than her narrative one. She also received the Víctor Català Award in 1957 and published in 1962, La plaça del Diamant (Diamond Square). In 1966 she received the Sant Jordi Award with the novel El carrer de les Camèlies (Camellia Street) and in 1969, the Ramon Llull Award. She received the Premi d’Honor de les Lletres Catalanes in 1980, and the award Crítica Serra d’Or in 1981 and the Ciutat de Barcelona Award.