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Un grupo de mujeres encarceladas en la madrileña prisión de Ventas enarbola la bandera de la dignidad y el coraje como única arma posible para enfrentarse a la humillación la tortura y la muerte Pocas novelas podemos calificar como imprescindibles La voz dormida es una de ellas porque nos ayuda a bucear en el papel que las mujeres desempeñaron durante unos años decisivos para la historia de España Relegadas al ámbito doméstico decidieron asumir el protagonismo que la tradición les negaba para luchar por un mundo más justo Unas en la retaguardia y las más osadas en la vanguardia armada de la guerrilla donde dejaron la evidencia de su valentía y sacrificio


10 thoughts on “La voz dormida

  1. says:

    Very deeply moving and intense La Voz dormida is such a beautiful and perfectly contextualized title and I really dislike that in Italy Neri Pozza one of my favorite publishing houses has changed it into something very frivolous and not charming at all This is a precious work that reveals a lot about the incredible courage of people and women in a special way during something as terrific and tragic as a dictatorship and its neverending cruelty Although several countries in Europe have lived something similar Italy Portugal Greece for instance and I have read a lot about fascism and resistance we have an important literary tradition on partisans this novel is unique and Dulce Chacon’s style is a magic plus to me A book to read and re read for it’s full of real facts history and deep emotions many of which make you think about the real values of friendship and solidarity Do we need to be under tragic conditions to remember such values? A very great shame that Dulce Chacon has died too soon No wonder she was a great writer and could give a lot to Spain and to all of us


  2. says:

    I have just finished this novel by Dulce Chacón I still have tears in my eyes It is not easy and quite clear at the same time to explain why I have rated this book with 5 stars since it is not a Nobel prize work I have already read several novels by Dulce Chacón in the past and I did really enjoyed them so I didn't perceive the writing style problems other stated in several reviews and what is I do really like her characteristic writing style so in my case it has been a plus and has helped me to live the story in such a direct and human way I have always been interested in the Spanish Civil War and the Post War years since I was a teenager and I have extensively read books on it together with movies and I never get tired of it so this was one of the books I kept pending for years until I could finally get a copy of it I also love such novels because I can recognize still the places described in them perfectly I walk through some of them every single day and they have also been walked by previous generations to me so I feel as if I already know much better their stories thanks to the stories of other that passed by before I also find so many traces of my grandparents of even my mother in those customs and daily life reflected in the novel they seem so close to me that sometimes I become too nostalgic Finally even if so many years have passed by and I am the second generation coming from the ones who witnessed and suffered it I have always felt quite close to those events which break my heart once and again Indeed I am still unable to accept how human beings can reach such limits in life how a different political approach can create such a deep hatred that some human beings become real evils and are able to defend their positions after such ideas without caring about the opposite suffering and even supporting death penalty I still can see so many traces of those years in society even if many people don't know they come from there and much earlier since the lovely Transition made a good job into trying to erase them completely by assuming this would be the only way to go on together as a society when the best thing that could have been done would have been to never forget what happened in both sides during the War and then in the dictatorship years in order to never make the same mistakes But similar mistakes keep on happening these days unfortunately because we haven't learnt anything at all from the past Silence is most of times the worst of the choices But let's come back to the novel La Voz Dormida is the story of several women most of them jailed in Las Ventas jail in Madrid city The novel evolves around their daily lives in jail and their memories of the past together with the lives of those ones who go to visit them when allowed Through the development of the daily lives of all of them we will be able to perceive the life of the ones who lost the war together with the typical customs and lifestyle of those days many of them imposed We will live and suffer with the characters their past and current lives their decisions their consequences their destinies and above all with the lack of freedom and the violent control of the authority Even when it is told from the point of view of the destinies of many Communist affiliates not all of them are but they maybe just sympathise or maybe they were just relatives The cruelty and injustice is present in most of the pages but we can also perceive the dignity the dreams the love and the pain of some women that just happened to live in those days and were in jailed sometimes for reasons that we might find incredible these days We will learn what is to be deprived of freedom we will see a Church that was extremely cruel as organization in those days and like always we will see what ignorance can provide to society This novel may be treated in a partial way as some have stated and I will not deny it but unfortunately it is based in very realistic accounts in real facts and that can't be denied either Dictatorship and its consequences in normal people and daily life can't be denied lack of freedom can't be denied forced exile can't be denied couples separated for decades due to jail sentences can't be denied A war is a war many people will say but a war should be avoided at any cost because the monsters they create is one of the worst metamorphosis the human being can go through and the worst consequences always go to working people not to the direct responsible ones of them who can't even imagine which type of suffering they provide to othersA bitter sweet novel recommended to learn on the Post War years in Spain on the life in jails on the repression on people on the role religion played in it on the way women tried to survive on how you couldn't think different on how in spite of all the human being will always search for freedom and love Always


  3. says:

    A charming reading moving from sad to melancholy to the little joys of daily life narrated by a woman in order to shed light on the role of women on the Republican side of the Spanish Civil WarThough narrated in a very womanly style always detailing the sensations and emotions and afterthoughts and forethoughts and misgivings repeating sentences in a musical way like they haunt our minds the novel manages to follow the lives of strong unforgettable women most of them now jailed in Ventas Madrid guilty of fighting on the other side of the Civil War or only for being sisters mothers wives of Republican Militians While kept near starvation in an overcrowded jail they manage to contrive exceptional acts of resistance and solidarity in order to save dignity at least while memories crop up to narrate how they learnt to read and write as adults in improvised schools or how the Guardia Civil shot their sons before their very eyes and then prevented burying themOn the background the grim reality of torture rape retaliations cheating which is the seamy side of every war behind the grand objectives and propagandaOutside the fight goes on and their comrades hide in the mountains to carry the torch of the Republic while they wait for the Allies to go after Franco after they have ousted Hitler and Mussolini It is impossible to forget Tomasa the diehard anarchist Hortensia who was spared capital death only until she gave birth it is a Catholic dictatorship candid Remedios whose candor conquered even the jailers Elvira the redhead who managed to escape and join his brother leader of the bandoleros but the main character is apolitical Pepita Hortensia's sister who raised her daughter while waiting decades for her fiancé the same bandolero chief to be released from jail all the while ranting against the Communist Party which in her view had sent so many people to die in a fruitless strifeI learnt many things I ignored about this war for example the hopes of help by the Allies or how the exiled Republicans tried an invasion in 1944 but failed also because of little support from local population or how the only States to recognize Franco's Spain against the United Nations' plea for embargo were Portugal Dominican Republic the Vatican and Argentina Eva Duarte was even in visit to supply food to the starving countryOf course this is not and was not meant to be an historical novel it is only narrated on the Republican side You will not find mention of mass shootings by them the only one is attributed to the Soviet military counselor rapes of nuns and crucifiction of priests for a general idea of the war better to read Orwell's Homage to Catalonia though it's only focused on part of the war


  4. says:

    As ever with my reading in Spanish it took me a very long time to read this I often set it aside for weeks at a time as I could only read it when I felt like concentrating Unfortunately this meant I very easily lost track of the large cast of characters especially as some of them changed their names halfway through In principle though it's a relatively easy style to read with mostly short sentences and a lot of repetition I believe it is very largely based on the lived experiences of women incarcerated in Madrid and it's all the powerful for that There's a good review here in Spanish that caught my eye because it compares it favourably with Kristin Hannah's ghastlyThe Nightingale which I also skim read recently Night and day in their handling of women's experiences in war and resistance


  5. says:

    a very moving book with an important story


  6. says:

    Impossible to put down this novel is based on actual testimonies and heartbreaking accounts of women fighting dying and surviving the Spanish Civil war


  7. says:

    It is simply a MUST


  8. says:

    Chacón is good at creating and maintaining tension The repetitive and fragmented writing style sometimes prevented me from enjoying the story Maybe translation affected this? I wanted to know about the societal treatment of women before and during the Spanish Civil War and how this influenced women in the Repuplican movement This would've contextualized the dual meaning of Elvira's remark to Mateo You didn't learn a thing from the Republic Mateo men aren't our lords and masters any 179 I wanted to know about Mercedes and Don Fernando who I agree are the book's most multidimensional characters All the people whose stories Chacón relied on to write her novel are warmly memorialised here I'm glad Chacón and her characters recognize the value of historical memory particularly for women and other groups who often have their stories repressed I want to learn about how and why the Spanish Civil War happened Also there are interesting similarities between how Spain debates memory of this conflict and how the US debates memory of slavery


  9. says:

    As always it's great to hear about the part women played in political movements and war efforts Chacón created the story taking bits and pieces from interviews she had with politcal prisoners exiles and people who were kept in concentration camps during the Spanish Civil War and beyond Reading the thank yous at the end of the book you can see that the fear of being discovered still haunts many of these people and that they feel that their story will be forgotten due to their silence By using so many little details from each person I think she has done a great job passing the memory on The book was made into a movie in 2011 and won three Goyas and I hope to see it soon


  10. says:

    Glad to give this 5 stars as I can still hear their voices in my mind It is specially affecting to read this now with the Euro in crisis and capitalism and the banking community winding up the pressure on Spain The Spanish civil war was a terrible time but this book paints a distressing and true picture of the early years of Franco's Spain the repression and hunger Spaniards endured during the second world war and afterwards