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The ‘Dialogues of Sant Jordi’, a literary preview to the big day

Lovers of literature, pen April 19 to 20 into your calendar, because for the second year in a row, you have a date. The ‘Dialogues of Sant Jordi’ are returning to Barcelona, only this year it’ll be celebrated in the building of the Design Hub.

After the success of the first edition, which saw a series of conversations between writers and readers, the organizers Barcelona City of Literature and the Libraries of Barcelona have worked to make this edition even better. While keeping with original feel, the dialogues will yet again link authors and readers in the lead up to St Jordi to discuss books.

Eight Catalan, Spanish and international authors will participate in this year’s edition. Belgian author Amélie Nothomb, who has written a book each year since 1992, will be in attendance, along with Philip Pullman, renowned author in the fantasy genre and considered heir to C.S. Lewis. Angolan novelist, poet and dramatist, José Eduardo Agualusa will also be in attendance, known for his narratives, Angualusa’s novels are a unique look into decolonization in Angola, taking into account both the inheritance and debt of colonial power.

The remaining five authors of the ‘Dialogues of Sant Jordi’ are nationally recognized. Panoramic Catalan figure Najat el Hamchi, who won the Ramon Llul Prize for novel ‘L’últim patriarca’ (2008) and the Sant Joan Prize for narrative ‘La filla estrangera’ (2011). Also joining the list is Carme Riera, professor of Spanish literature at UAB, who combines the novel with essays and literary critiques.

Anthropologist Albert Sánchez Piñol, author of ‘La pell freda’ (2002), a classic of contemporary Catalan literature will also be joined by journalist Xavier Aldekoa, who after covering multiple social conflicts in Africa, published the books ‘Océano África’ (2014) and ‘Hijos del Nilo’ (2017). Last but not least is Fernando Aramburu, his novel ‘Patria’ (2016), published only two years ago, has since become one of the most successful Spanish novels in its field.

Launching the event is writer Almudena Grandes, who will deliver a lecture on April 19 at the Saló de Cent in the Ajuntament of Barcelona.

With the return of the ‘Dialogues of Sant Jordi’, Barcelona proudly reaffirms its position as the City of Literature, a title awarded to the city by UNESCO in 2015.

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