PUBLISHERS OF LITERARY FICTION SINCE 1983
The first English translation of a classic of fin de siècle Catalan literature.
The protagonist, Father Llatzer, a priest banished for doctrinal heresy to an isolated, backward mountain parish, struggles to achieve personal redemption by bringing salvation to his primitive, taciturn, rural flock. Their mute atavism is disturbed only by the local whore, Footloose, embodying all the forces against which the priest’s reforming mission is directed. Ambiguity surrounds the denouement of that conflict.
Dark Vales is as as compelling today as when it was first written.