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The Whispering City: A Novel af Sara Moliner
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The Whispering City: A Novel (original 2013; udgave 2015)

af Sara Moliner (Forfatter)

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Barcelona, 1952: General Franco's fascist government is at the height of its oppressive powers, casting a black shadow across the city. When wealthy socialite Mariona Sobrerroca is found dead in her mansion in the exclusive Tibidabo district, the police scramble to seize control of the investigation. Ana Marti Noguer, an eager young journalist, is surprised to be assigned this important story, shadowing Inspector Isidro Castro. But Ana soon realises that a bundle of strange letters unearthed at the scene point to a sequence of events dramatically different from the official version. She enlists the help of her cousin Beatriz, a scholar, and what begins as an intriguing puzzle opens up a series of revelations that implicate the regime's most influential figures. The two women have placed themselves in mortal danger. As the conspiracy unfolds, Ana's courage and Beatriz's wits will be their only weapons against the city's corrupt and murderous elite.… (mere)
Medlem:elizajanecurtis
Titel:The Whispering City: A Novel
Forfattere:Sara Moliner (Forfatter)
Info:Pegasus Books (2015), 416 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, books I have read
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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The Whispering City af Sara Moliner (2013)

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    charl08: Powerful evocation of Barcelona's history through fiction.
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A complex mystery novel set in 1950s Spain. In the midst of the totalitarian regime of Franco, a young female reporter finds herself embroiled in the murder of a widow from the highest echelons of society. With multiple characters who provide their point of view, this is an intricately woven mystery with plenty of threads to follow. Intriguing for its setting and the unique perils of Spain at the time, this will appeal to mystery readers who don't mind some political intrigue thrown in. ( )
  MickyFine | May 19, 2018 |
«Allí estaba Mariona. Blanca, rubia, carnosa y muerta.»
Barcelona, 1952: quedan pocas semanas para el Congreso Eucarístico, y la consigna oficial es dar una imagen impoluta de la ciudad, pues está en juego la legitimidad internacional del Régimen.

Ana Martí, novata cronista de sociedad de La Vanguardia, encontrará en el encargo de cubrir el asesinato de Mariona Sobrerroca, una conocida viuda de la burguesía, su oportunidad para escribir sobre temas serios. El caso ha sido encomendado al inspector Isidro Castro de la Brigada de Investigación Criminal, un hosco policía de doloroso pasado, que tendrá que aceptar de mala gana que Ana cubra la investigación.

Pero la joven periodista pronto descubrirá nuevas pistas que se apartan de la versión oficial de los hechos y recurre a la ayuda de su prima Beatriz Noguer, una eminente filóloga. Lo que en principio parecía una inofensiva consulta lingüística sobre unas misteriosas cartas encontradas entre los papeles de la difunta se convertirá en el inicio de una serie de revelaciones en las que están implicadas personas muy influyentes de la sociedad barcelonesa;

En medio de un ambiente hostil poblado de funcionarios y políticos corruptos, porteras entrometidas, policías violentos, prostitutas y ladrones de buen corazón, la inteligencia y el arrojo de Ana y los conocimientos lingüísticos y literarios de Beatriz serán sus únicas armas para resolver el caso.
  BIBLIOTECAZIZUR | Nov 2, 2017 |
The Whispering City by Sara Moliner, translated by Mara Faye Lethem While many elements of the book follow a familiar pattern, it's still a great read. We have the reporter who thinks the cops are doing a rotten job of investigating the murder she's been sent to report on and gets herself in over her head and so on. There was something nice about the familiarity of the plot structure because that was where my familiarity with it ended. The book is set in Barcelona in 1952, so the culture and the government and the markers of the time were all fairly foreign and made this familiar plot structure far more fun than it has been in a long time. Plus, the way it ended was not what I expected. It's not the way it would have ended if it had been written for US audiences, I'll tell you that much without spoiling it. 
This is part of what's fun about reading women in translation, what may seem familiar is taken to new places. 
The narrator, Roxanne Hernandez, was amazing, doing a great job of pronouncing all the Spanish names while falling back out of the accent that requires in the very next word and just carrying on. I can get by on some Spanish and even do a decent accent sometimes, but I can't transition that quickly and it didn't seem cut together. So it's the narrator or the editor, but I'm going to give credit to the narrator until informed otherwise. 
The only hitch in my translation was the inclusion of the word "monger" when talking about gossips. It wasn't misused, but it struck me as out of place due to that we don't use it much in the US. 
I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction!  ( )
  Calavari | Sep 28, 2016 |
General Franco was at the height of his power in Barcelona, 1952. When a wealthy socialite is found murdered in her mansion, the police scramble to seize control of the investigation. An over eager journalist named Ana Martí Noguer is assigned the task of shadowing the lead investigator, Inspector Isidro Castro. However, Ana discovers a bunch of letters that dramatically contradict the official statement made by the police. Now she is in mortal danger; her information can expose a conspiracy of murder and corruption.

The Whispering City (originally title: Don de lenguas) is a Spanish novel written by Sara Moliner and translated into English by Mara Faye Lethem. Sara Moliner is the pseudonym of the writing duo of Spanish author Rosa Ribas and former German philosophy professor Sabine Hofmann. This is their first book together and, with their backgrounds and the premise, I went into this novel with high expectations. Sadly, this turned into a run-of-the-mill thriller novel which is not a bad thing; I just was hoping for so much more.

The back drop of a fascist government, known for their shadowing tactics, mixed with the philosophical background of Sabine Hofmann meant I was hoping for some interesting insights. I was hoping to learn about the cultural landscape and the political impact of Barcelona in 1952 but the main focus on this book was the murder and the conspiracy. Having recently read Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo (translated by Edith Grossman), which explored the political and cultural issue in Peru at the time, I was expecting something similar with The Whispering City.

The Whispering City is in no way a bad novel, and I found it incredibly entertaining and worked as a palette cleanser for me while I was reading The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis and The Stranger by Albert Camus. One of the main reasons I am drawn to books in translation is the insight into the cultural life and I did not get that with this book. The Whispering City reminds me a bit of The Millennium series by Stieg Larsson, with a journalist as a protagonist investigating murder and corruption. While it was not as dark as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I found it a lot more enjoyable but still the same thriller formula.

This review originally appeared on my blog; http://literary-exploration.com/2015/05/15/the-whispering-city-by-sara-moliner/ ( )
1 stem knowledge_lost | May 17, 2015 |
Barcelona, 1952: quedan pocas semanas para el Congreso Eucarístico, y la consigna oficial es dar una imagen impoluta de la ciudad, pues está en juego la legitimidad internacional del Régimen. Ana Martí, novata cronista de sociedad de La Vanguardia, encontrará en el encargo de cubrir el asesinato de Mariona Sobrerroca, una conocida viuda de la burguesía, su oportunidad para escribir sobre temas serios. El caso ha sido encomendado al inspector Isidro Castro de la Brigada de Investigación Criminal, un hosco policía de doloroso pasado, que tendrá que aceptar de mala gana que Ana cubra la investigación. Pero la joven periodista pronto descubrirá nuevas pistas que se apartan de la versión oficial de los hechos y recurre a la ayuda de su prima Beatriz Noguer, una eminente filóloga. Lo que en principio parecía una inofensiva consulta lingüística sobre unas misteriosas cartas encontradas entre los papeles de la difunta se convertirá en el inicio de una serie de revelaciones en las que están implicadas personas muy influyentes de la sociedad barcelonesa… En medio de un ambiente hostil poblado de funcionarios y políticos corruptos, porteras entrometidas, policías violentos, prostitutas y ladrones de buen corazón, la inteligencia y el arrojo de Ana y los conocimientos lingüísticos y literarios de Beatriz serán sus únicas armas para resolver el caso. ( )
  juan1961 | Feb 11, 2015 |
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Barcelona, 1952: General Franco's fascist government is at the height of its oppressive powers, casting a black shadow across the city. When wealthy socialite Mariona Sobrerroca is found dead in her mansion in the exclusive Tibidabo district, the police scramble to seize control of the investigation. Ana Marti Noguer, an eager young journalist, is surprised to be assigned this important story, shadowing Inspector Isidro Castro. But Ana soon realises that a bundle of strange letters unearthed at the scene point to a sequence of events dramatically different from the official version. She enlists the help of her cousin Beatriz, a scholar, and what begins as an intriguing puzzle opens up a series of revelations that implicate the regime's most influential figures. The two women have placed themselves in mortal danger. As the conspiracy unfolds, Ana's courage and Beatriz's wits will be their only weapons against the city's corrupt and murderous elite.

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