Irene Solà (born Malla, 1990) has a degree in fine arts from the University of Barcelona and a master’s in literature, cinema and visual culture from the University of Sussex. Her second book of poems, Bèstia (Galerada, 2012), was awarded the Amadeu Oller Poetry Prize and has been translated into English (as Beast, Shearsman Books, 2017). Her first novel, Els dics (The dams, L’Altra Editorial, 2018), won the Documenta prize. She has been awarded the Ajudes to the Creació Literària of the Department of Culture. In 2018, she was a resident writer at the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center of George Mason University (Virginia, United States) and in late 2019 she was selected to participate in the Art Omi: Writers Ledig House programme (New York). The genre of 2019 will guide the Premi Llibres Anagrama de Novel·la with I Sing and the Mountain Dances . She has also won the Núvol 2019 Prize, and the Cálamo Prize for the Spanish edition.
Starting with the death of a farmer caused by lightning, the novel tells a set of stories, straddling reality and fiction, about the inhabitants of a mountainous area between Camprodon and Prats de Molló. Stories about mythical beings like water women, about war, about the survival of humans and wild animals, about fanaticism. But also about beauty and goodness. A narrative that emulates that of great authors of Catalan literature such as Víctor Català or Mercè Rodoreda, with an evocative and poetic style.