My Mother, That Stranger
Letters from the Spanish Civil War
Thursday, April 23, 2:00 pm
Meet Dr. Concha Alborg, author of My Mother, That Stranger. This unique memoir is a micro-history of the Spanish Civil War.
Over eight-hundred letters were written between the author’s newly-engaged parents during the time that her father was on the Republican war front fighting against Franco’s forces, and her mother awaiting the end of the war. Her father, Professor Juan Luis Alborg, would live to become a well-known literary historian and critic. Her mother’s life, on the other hand, was overshadowed by her husband’s academic celebrity. The letters were discovered whilst preparing for a symposium marking the centenary of her father’s birth, celebrated at the University of Malaga in 2014.
Dr. Alborg was born in Valencia and grew up in Madrid. She has lived in the United States since the 1960s where she received a Ph.D. from Temple University. She was a professor of contemporary Spanish literature at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia.
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