The Red Notebook
by Arantxa Urretabizkaia; translated from Basque by Kristin Addis.
The Red Notebook belongs to the autobiographical genre and is the author’s most ambitious novel, one that has achieved a truly lyrical tone. Although it should be included in the novel-writing tradition that deals with female voice and memory, this novel breaks new ground from a physical and psychological point of view, bringing out the social and political aspects of motherhood. For the protagonist, political committment is an endeavor that can’t compare to motherhood and this, in a nutshell, is what the novel emphasizes once and again. Thus, with great skill, Urretabizkaia offers us the confessions of a woman forced to weigh political committment against motherhood.
Paper (ISBN 978-1-877802-82-9), $19.95.