Ildefonso Falcones, casado y padre de cuatro hijos, es abogado y ejerce en Barcelona. La catedral del mar, su primera novela se convirtió en un éxito editorial mundial sin precedentes, reconocida tanto por los lectores como la crítica y publicada ...
As we can tell by the fulsome quote from Qué Leer on the back cover of my edition, which proclaims that “Barcelona ya tiene su Los pilares de la Tierra” (Now Barcelona has its Pillars of the Earth), the novel has been heavily marketed for its resemblance to this 1989 doorstopper by , . As the eagle-eyed (and elephant-memoried) among you will remember, I set to reading Pillars of the Earth itself (all 1076 pages of it), partly as preparation for getting down to La catedral del mar. It’s taken me a little longer than I anticipated to get around to it, but now that I have, how did Catedral measure up to its illustrious predecessor?
Ultimately, the critical / marketing tactic of trying to squeeze La Catedral del mar into the mould created by The Pillars of the Earth really isn’t doing either book any favours. I think there’s a lot more to be said about Catedral as a building-block in the projection of Catalan identity at another moment of profound social change (i.e. today), and I think that the role of the digressions in creating a universalising historical framework for what is essentially a localized fictional story is ripe for a more detailed study. But that would involve rereading the novel and paying attention to those digressions. And that, my friends, is a job for somebody who isn’t me. Volunteers?
ARQ. LOURDES RANGEL SEMIÓTICA EN LA ARQUITECTURA 09 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2008
JAVIER DE JESÚS ACHA GARCÍA NOVENO SEMESTRE
LA CATEDRAL DEL MAR AUTOR: ILDEFONSO FALCONES ED. GRIJALBO
|La cattedrale del mare|
|Titolo originale||La catedral del mar|
|1ª ed. originale||2006|