Culture Journal Ireland

Review of The Low Voices by Manuel Rivas

To my shame I don’t think I had ever heard of Manuel Rivas until a friend (fully aware of my interest in all things Spanish) bought me this book for my birthday. The poetry in Rivas’ writing is astounding. The way he recalls his childhood growing up in rural Galicia and the unique circumstances of growing up during the time of Franco gives Manuel Rivas’ writing depth and breadth that might not have been developed under different circumstances. Translated by Dublin native Jonathan Dunne, The Low Voices is a memoir of childhood, family, poetry, history and those moments in time which make growing up a magical experience. He has memories of…

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