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“L’òpera quotidiana” by Montserrat Roig: a quartet guided by a vast list of novels

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L’Opera quotidiana

Montserrat Roig

Issues 62, 2022

224 pages. €17.95

It’s not the most canonical way of making a statement, mostly because it requires it to create an objectivity that can possess. But it is impossible to finish the incoming L’òpera quotidiana to exclaim: quina meravella! Because it is this novel by Meravella that Montserrat Roig will write in 1985 and that now, three decades later, is reissuing Edicions 62. Written on its own, as the author will admit, L’òpera quotidiana is a relatively light work, going beyond the author’s intention to write a story about a Carnisser in love with the nocturnal papallon. I am joined by Mr. Horaci Duc, along with the other personalities who have surrounded him for almost a century, from the Barcelona of the end of the wars to the Barcelona of democracy. It is more than four decades that have inscribed the records and the current experiences of the four characters we meet through the seves veus, swept into a kind of symphony that does not have the design of them all, but only narrates – it was and above all to be escorts. Because it is precisely this need to find someone to accompany them, they talk about the most intimate, complicated and painful episodes of life and that they have told because of the loneliness that has always surrounded them.

Roig’s characters are just individuals living in search of understanding and affection. Because the loneliness of them all neix d’a feeling d’misunderstanding and d’anhel d’affecte, d’love and also sex. They are personalities who design, but their design is always frustrated, incomplete, perhaps completely satisfied. I, malauradament, així must be, because desitjar, verb transitiu, s’esgota en l’objecte de desig. Desitjar is not atènyer mai l’objecte de desig, and it is precisely the one that followed Mr. Duc, and also Mrs. Altafulla, an old lady who saw in the Passat, a reinvented and romanticized Passat on esguarda d’ a gift that don’t like li. La Mari Cruz, the young Castilian woman who works like a minyona in the house of Senyora Altafulla, whose stories she accompanies the Vegades amb curiously and altres amb tedi, also saw a fantasy of the Rambla, a future that does not face tea and somiant around to satisfy the carnal cravings, face Mai Consumat. I then found Patrícia Miralpeix, a lady who patiently accompanied the story of Senyor Duc and who, in the short comments that you interrupted the verbiage of his interlocutor, left Anar pintacles of seva life that was not as full as Desityat i would have been que l’ha portat to get a room for his interlocutor to be able to stay in this Barcelona, ​​also the protagonist of the novels·la. Because along with these four characters, the other great figure is Barcelona, ​​​​​​a city that projects the lives of the protagonists and marks the history of a country, Catalonia.

Through the characters, Roig tells the longing for freedom in a country; the struggle to preserve a culture and a language during more than four decades of dictatorship; the banned rallies and the secretly distributed leaflets; l’enjorança por that country that could have been and that war would separate; or the pride of hanging the flag on the first of September 11 for Democracy, a September 11 that will change the life of Senyor Duc.

Barcelona is a character, a city projected onto the lives of the protagonists and is the shape of a country’s story

A L’òpera quotidiana, four tiny vines tell the future of a time and a society, four tiny vines representing a human tableau. Proof, al darrere hello is Balzac. But hi is also Benet i Jornet, to whom Roig dedicates the novel, and hi is undeniably Mercè Rodoreda. I am referring in particular to L’òpera quotidiana, hi is an enormous list of novels and an excellent prose writer; Hi there is a writer with all the letters who will compose a perfect symphony about no hi hares de més and who wants to penetrate into the human souls of the characters in the desitjos, longings and sufferings of the quals ens veiem reflected i veiem la nostra story , individually and collectively.

Source elpais.com

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