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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

"Let's play to novel the city." The new Literapolisbcn project for the institutes.

Final session with the authors of the Montserrat Roig Scholarships. On November 21 at Espai Contrabandos.

The novel "Tattoo" by Manuel Vázquez Montalban, available in English at Literapolisbcn


Main literary events this week in Barcelona

20 Nov
20 November
Imperfect Futures

A conversation between Rachel Cantor and Joan Miquel Oliver 

20 Nov
20 November
Williamsburg, A Place I Once Called Home

Presentation of this monograph by Mara Catalán

22 Nov
22 November 
A conversation with Peter Cameron

The writer Peter Cameron in conversation with journalist Philipp Engel

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

KaPow! The Super-Sheroes That Stan Lee Created | The New York Times | 16/11/18

Stan Lee created strong and complex female characters, with a character and an agenda of its own: some examples are Sue Storm, Scarlet Witch or Hela. ...

Pretentious, impenetrable, hard work... better? | The Guardian | 10/11/18

A dissertation on the limits between reading difficulty and literary quality concerning this year's controversy with the Man Booker prize. 

Selections from Leonard Cohen’s Notebooks | The Paris Review | 7/11/18

It's been two years since Leonard Cohen died: The Paris Review publishes a small selection of his poems, drawings and annotations. 

The Trouble with All the Houses I’ve Lived In | The Paris Review | 29/10/18

In the late eighties, Lucia Berlin made a list with the inconveniences of the houses she had lived in (which are not two, nor three, nor ten).

Agoraphobia and an unhappy marriage: the real horror behind The Haunting of Hill House | The Guardian | 22/10/18

"I am a writer who, due to a series of innocent and ignorant faults of judgment, finds herself with a family of four children and a husband"

Special Feature: Catalunya | Asymptote Journal | Octubre

The fall issue of Asymptote Journal comes with a Catalan Fiction Feature - you can read Neus Canyelles, Cèlia Suñol or Marta Rojals in...