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This chapter analyses the generically hybrid auto/biographical grief memoir, La ridícula idea de no volver a verte (2013), by the well-known contemporary Spanish author and journalist, Rosa Montero (b. Madrid, 1951), as a singular text within the Spanish tradition of life writing. The book traces a number of parallels between Montero and her biographical subject, the Polish scientist and two-times Nobel prize winner, Marie Curie—particularly regarding their respective grieving processes in widowhood. This chapter contextualises Montero and her text within the Spanish tradition of life writing and discusses Montero’s ethics and aesthetics of distance and how she negotiates with the autobiographical genre—specifically the grief memoir—in La ridícula idea de no volver a verte.
Kelly, Deirdre. Aesth/ethics of distance: (Un)Veiling grief in Rosa Montero’s La ridícula idea de no volver a verte. New Journeys in Iberian Studies: A (Trans-)National and (Trans-)Regional Exploration. Cambridge Scholars Publishing Ltd. Eds. Mark Gant, Anneliese Hutton and Paco Ruzzante., 2018. ISBN: 1-5275-1142-1. DOI: 10.21427/W329-B231
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