Description - Sleeping Voice by Dulce Chacon
It is 1939. In the Ventas prison in Madrid a group of women have beenincarcerated. Their crime is to have supported or fought on theRepublican side in Spain's devastating Civil War. Chief among them isHortensia, who fought with the militia and is pregnant by herhusbandFelipe, a man still fighting against Franco's dictatorship.Aftergiving birth to a baby girl, Hortensia is executed by a firingsquad. Later on, her husband will also be shot during an ambush, andher sister Pepita becomes her niece's guardian. Intertwined withtheseevents is the inspiring, romantic and infinitely moving loveaffair between Pepita and the leader of a guerrilla group, Paulino(alias Jaime). Spanning the years 1939-1963, and based on the lives ofactualwomen survivors of the Spanish Civil War (the 'sleeping voice' ofthetitle) who suffered death and imprisonment under the Francoregime,Dulce Chac n's bestselling novel is remarkable for itscombination ofdramatic intensity and historical authenticity.
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Author Biography - Dulce Chacon
Dulce Chac n was born in Zafra (Badajoz) in 1954. A prize-winning poet and novelist, her life was cut short by cancer just as The Sleeping Voice was establishing her reputation throughout Europe.