THE GRANDDAUGHTERS OF BERNARDA ALBA
This story dialogues with the Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) play ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ (1936) in taking advantage of the same situation to underpin the drama: following the funeral of Bernarda's husband, she and her five daughters are kept in complete domestic confinement for eight years; a period of living mourning that prevailed in the village culture of Andalusia. The tragic plot thus emerges out of the inevitable coexistence of all these temperaments.
As in the play, this story begins with the arrival of Bernarda Alba's three elderly granddaughters after the funeral of the one of their husbands. Due to Covid-19 virus pandemic, they have to remain confined in a single house, in Largo do Boticário, in Rio de Janeiro. As the days and weeks pass, we begin to get to know the individual stories of the sisters Augusta and Dolores Benavides Valdez, daughters of Martírio, and cousin Amparo Benavides Balazar Ruiz, daughter of Amelia and widow of Gregório. We learn how Martírio and Amélia ended up living in Rio de Janeiro while the Spanish Civil War was still ongoing.
The old age of the three women amplifies the abnormality of confinement: they must deal with grief, fear of death, political neglect, secrets and the guilty burdens they carry. Their backgrounds clash and personalities stand out as the reality of the pandemic deeply marks each one of them; for better or for worse.
About The Author - Claudia Barbieri
Born in Santo André, in the state of São Paulo, Cláudia Barbieri is currently a professor of Portuguese Literature at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro.
With a master's and doctorate in Literary Studies from Universidade Estadual Paulista, both her dissertation as well as her thesis focused on the relationship between the city of Lisbon and the work of Eça de Queirós.