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Once Remembered, Twice Lived

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Roser Caminals-Heath

Once Remembered, Twice Lived is a novel set in Barcelona, Spain, that traces the stories of two families of different backgrounds united by marriage. The lives of three generations, spanning from 1900 to the 1970's, are touched by private tragedy as well as by the Civil War of 1936. Rather than being linear, however, the narrative is circular and impressionistic, prompted by recall rather than by conventional chronology: Characters who die in the third chapter may reappear in the twentieth, reminding us that memory is the only possible victor over time.