Josep Pla (1897–1981) was a Catalan journalist and popular author. He produced an immense amount of prose spread over numerous genres and is widely considered one of the greatest writers in the Catalan language.
This great work of 20th-century personal exploration and revelation was suppressed—as was all work written in the author’s native Catalan—during the Franco regime. When it was finally published, its delightful depiction of youth culture and family life at the turn of the century, set in a just-flowering Barcelona and the unspoilt beach and countryside, was recognized as an instant classic. It is now available in English for the first time.