Mercè Rodoreda is "indisputably the most important writer of contemporary Catalan literature" (Carme Arnau). This bèstia collects fragments taken from her most accomplished works, such as Viatges i flors, La Mort i la Primavera, La plaça del Diamant, Mirall trencat or Quanta, quanta guerra..., chosen for their great lyrical power and the representativeness of the style. Selected by Maria Cabrera —who was recently awarded the prestigious Carles Riba poetry prize—, the texts are presented alongside a beautiful portrait of Rodoreda from the archives of Pilar Aymerich.
«I mentre érem el temps, de dintre meu es va alçar una força estranya, com si m’acabessin de fer de ferro per dintre, com si la meva mare, darrera de la fornal, m’hagués fet de ferro barrejant-me amb el ferrer. I per primera vegada vaig sentir què era la força d’un noi quan es va desfent de ser criatura.»
Bèsties is a wallpaper collection that combines the poetry and the portraits of some of the most acclaimed authors of universal literature. A selection of excerpts —posthumous, unpublished, forgotten— are presented in a groundbreaking format by the translators, current Catalan poets. The posters escape the parcelling of conventional pagination to project in a single canvas the unity of meaning emanating from the poems. Each wallpaper comes with a separate front page including a foreword by the translator, which contextualizes their selection and situates the author in their context.