Penelope Unravels by Francisca Aguirre
Read by Sejal Shah
Francisca Aguirre was born in Alicante, Spain in 1930. Her family was forced to flee to France at the end of the Civil War because they sided with the Republic. In 1942, as a result of the German invasion, her family returned to Spain where her father, painter Lorenzo Aguirre, was murdered by the Franco regime. In 2004, BOA Editions published Ana Valverde Osan’s translation of Aguirre’s first poetry collection, Ithaca, a reworking of the Greek myth of Odysseus told from Penelope's perspective.