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Barcelona bullia, tot era un sofregit de grandesa i de campi qui pugui

Josep Mª de Sagarra

Barcelona és la ciutat que crida, que maquina, que lluita i que enamora

Irene Polo

Me sentí conmovido en aquella ciudad hermosa, lunática e indescifrable

Gabriel García Márquez

Por primera vez me sentía suelta y libre en la ciudad

Carmen Laforet

It was the first time that I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle

George Orwell

Je vis scintiller à mes pieds, pareille à un grand morceau de quartz fracassé, une cité méditerranéenne

Simone de Beauvoir

La ville oscillait entre l’insurrection et la fête populaire

Mathias Énard

Ets rígida i espessa perquè estàs en ordre de batalla

Josep Carner

Abaixeu, si escriviu, les persianes!

J. V. Foix

Barcelona! Ho tenim tot i no som ditxosos

Francesc Pujols

Vieron el mar, hasta entonces dellos no visto

Miguel de Cervantes

Krakow UNESCO City of Literature Residency Program.

75 years of the Nadal Prize.

Inaugurated the new Central Library of Helsinki.


Main literary events this week in Barcelona

18 Feb
18 February
Convenience Store Woman

The Japanese writer Sayaka Murata comes to present her novel

20 Feb
20 February
A conversation with Maggie O'Farrell

The Northern Irish writer will talk with Sebastià Bennasar

21 Feb
21 February
III Poémame

Recital by Maria Antònia Massanet, José Ramón Ayllón and Éamon Mag Uidhir and open mic 

Barcelona City of Literature
Complete guide of the city’s literary events
Here you’ll find every literary event in the city, gathered in the GuiaBCN of the Barcelona City Council
Literary Radar

Selection of local and international pieces on literature

Bite-sized: 50 great short stories | The Guardian | 2/02/19

A vindication of short stories: writers like Hilary Mantel, Tessa Hadley and Juhmpa Lahiri pick up their favourite ones. 

How We Think of Our Lives | IAI | 5/02/19

An essay on boredom in contemporary literature, with Donald Barthelme, David Foster Wallace, Samuel Beckett, Ottessa Moshfegh or Tao Lin. 

Top 10 books about idleness | The Guardian | 6/02/19

In favour of laziness: these are ten books (from Oscar Wilde to Ottessa Moshfegh) about the art of doing nothing.

'A victory for humanity': Behrouz Boochani's literary prize speech | The Guardian | 1/02/19

Boochani is a Kurdish-Iranian refugee and writer who has been incarcerated in Manus Island for years and has won the richest literary prize in Australia....

Mary Oliver reads from A Thousand Mornings | 92nd Street Y | 17/01/19

A recital by the Amrerican poet Mary Oliver, who died on January 17 - the public laughed quite a lot, something unusual in these events.

Lauren Groff and Rachel Kushner talk prisons, prairies and power | Lit Hub | 16/01/19

Groff and Kushner, published in Barcelona by Lumen and Libros del Asteroide, talk about several features of their fictions.