A Review of Private Life by Josep Maria de Sagarra, trans. Mary Ann Newman
In 1932, revered Catalan novelist Josep Maria de Sagarra put it upon himself to produce the great Barcelonan novel. Determined to produce a raw and gritty representation of the fallen Barcelonan aristocracy, Sagarra wrote Private Life, a novel heavily censored in its time and just recently brought to English readers. Through Mary Ann Newman’s accessible translation, the vibrancy of Sagarra’s narrative speaks with nuance and clarity, enwrapping readers in the tantalizing downfall of the aristocratic Lloberola family.