Each season, the Two Month Review podcast (available wherever you get your podcasts, and at Three Percent slowly goes through an important work of world literature, discussing, dissecting, and appreciating it section by section and page by page. With rotating guests that include famous authors, booksellers, translators, and other readers, the podcast illuminates the joys and benefits of slow reading in a way that’s both informative and entertaining.
In light of the current situation in Spain, this season has focused on the works of Mercè Rodoreda, one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. After reading through her Selected Stories, the podcast has now turned to her last novel, Death in Spring, which many have read as a grand metaphor for the Catalan situation under Franco. Beautiful, unsettling, symbolic, and fierce, Death in Spring has captivated audiences for decades, and been praised by the likes of Gabriel García Marquez, Jesmyn Ward, John Darnielle, Natasha Wimmer, and many more.
On this live recording of the final episode of the season, the two hosts—Chad W. Post of Open Letter Books and writer Brian Wood—are joined by María Cristina Hall of the Ramon Llull Institut. They will summarize the novel as the whole, talk about the Ramon Llull Institut’s work to raise awareness of Catalan literature, make a lot of jokes, answer questions from the Goodreads Two Month Review group and the audience, and more.
Small reception to follow!