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Exploring Emotion and Nature in ‘In the Shadow of the Forest’

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A New Literary Perspective

The work ‘In the Shadow of the Forest’ is a collection of stories published in March 2024 by l’Altra Editorial and awarded the 2023 Documenta Prize. Maria Arimany, a writer who is emerging strongly on the literary scene, invites us to delve into a world of emotions and experiences through his captivating stories.

The Beauty of the Everyday

Arimany’s stories take place in the natural setting of the forest and the mountains, fusing daily life with the exuberance of nature. His literary style, marked by simple and delicate language, explores deep themes such as desire and self-discovery, weaving stories that transcend everyday life.

Authentic and Exciting Characters

The characters in Arimany’s stories are genuine and complex, facing problems and emotions such as jealousy, repulsion and tenderness. Through them, the author addresses universal themes such as breakups and the passage of time, offering an intimate look at human experiences.

Exploring Everyday Stress

The stories in ‘In the Shadow of the Forest’ unfold in familiar settings, such as Montseny, where Arimany weaves stories full of tension and emotion. In ‘La farinera borda’, the author explores reflections on grief and nostalgia, revealing the complexity of life through unchosen situations, such as loss and abandonment.

Vivid and Exciting Details

Arimany captivates the reader with vivid details, such as the detailed description of the morning after Eva’s 50th birthday in ‘No fer passar bou per bèstia grossa’. The author manages to convey a palpable feeling through her descriptions, creating a tense and exciting rhythm that envelops the reader in each story.

A New Literary Voice

With ‘A la Sombra del Bosque’, Maria Arimany positions herself as a new voice in Catalan literature, challenging the genre of the story with mastery and originality. Her ability to manage time and her actions in her stories demonstrates her narrative prowess, leaving readers eager to discover her future works.

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