The Garden with Seven Gates

Concha Castroviejo

Translated by: Robert M. Fedorchek

2004
ISBN 0838755593

This collection of fourteen stories and one minidrama features children protagonists, talking birds, and extraordinary occurrences. Like the tales of Charles Perrault and the brothers Grimm, they speak to fantasies and fears that are our constant companions in life, which means that although they are peopled with children protagonists, they are not for children alone. The introduction provides background on Concha Castroviejo and considers her production of juvenile literature in mid-twentieth-century Spain and in relation to authors like Elizabeth Mulder and María Luisa Gefaell; it then takes up themes in the book and discusses them.

About the author:

The Spanish author Concha Castroviejo (1910-1995) was born in the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela. After studies at the university there and in France, she fled to Mexico with her husband following the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and did not return to Spain until 1950. She published two novels (Those Who Went Away and Eve of Hate) two children's books, and short fiction, literary criticism, and journalism. Her writings received a number of literary prizes and her works have been translated into French, Slovak, and English.


About the translator:

Robert M. Fedorchek is a Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Fairfield University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut and studied at Yale and the Universities of Madrid and Lisbon. He is the translator of ten other Bucknell University Press publications.

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