Land of Women
An intimate and personal portrayal of the rural world
Original title: Tierra de mujeres. Una mirada íntima y familiar al mundo rural
Author: María Sánchez
Daughter and granddaughter of veterinarians, and the last of several generations linked for years to land and animals, María Sánchez (Córdoba, 1989) is the first woman in her family to dedicate herself to this male dominated profession. Her day-to-day life as a field veterinarian involves traveling through Spain in a van and dodging gazes in a predominantly masculine environment of the rural world. In this very personal essay, the writer proposes to give voice and space to all the women silenced for generations in the Spanish fields, to all those who had to give up an education and an independence to work the land with their hands and take care of their families .
From family histories, to reflections on science and literature resulting from their readings and some of the conflicts that plague the rural environment in Spain (depopulation and erasure of entire villages, the exploitation of natural resources, insufficient environmental policies or poor working conditions). Land of Women comes to fill a gap in the debate on feminism and rural literature. It also seeks to offer a realistic vision of life in the countryside, away from the bucolic postcards created by the big cities, and to underline the danger of losing a knowledge passed down from generation to generation forever.
SPANISH (World) | Seix Barral / Planeta