Snippets: Catalan fiction for the fall of 2014

Maria Barbal (Tremp, 1949, Wikipedia), En la pell de l’altre [In the other’s skin], inspired by the life of Enric Marco who arrived at the presidency of the former prisoners’ association Amical Mauthausen without ever having been a concentration camp inmate but pretending to for nearly three decades.

Vicenç Villatoro (Terrassa, 1957), Un home que se’n va [A man who leaves], a novel inspired by the life of the author’s grandfather who left his native village of Castro del Río (Còrdoba, Andalucia) to emigrate to Catalonia at age 60.

Blanca Busquets (Barcelona, 1961, homepage), Paraules a mitges [Half-spoken words], a history around the failed military coup of 23 February 1981.

Eduard Márquez (Barcelona, 1960), Vint-i-nou contes menys [29 stories less], a reissue of short stories already published in two books in the 1990s, leaving out 29 published then.

Francesc Puigpelat (Balaguer, 1959), Els últims dies del general Prim [The last days of General Prim], a novel that recreates the Catalan soldier’s career and centers on his last five days of life, offering a hypothesis on the conspiracy that killed him.

Núria Pradas (Barcelona, 1954), La noia de la biblioteca [The girl of the library], a story set in the first decades of the 20th century, where a working-class girl destined for the textile mills struggles to fulfill her dream of working a the Catalan National Library, opened to the public in 1914.

Valentí Puig (Palma de Mallorca, 1949), La vida és estranya [Life is strange], presents the life of a member of the country-side aristocracy who at age 60 writes about the women he got to know, family ancestors, the world and the city of Barcelona that he doesn’t recognize as his own any longer.

Lluís Llach (Girona, 1948, a singer-songwriter, Wikipedia), Les dones de la Principal [The women of the Principal], a story around three women of three different generations, set in a wine-growing village during the Franco era.

Joan Miquel Oliver (Sóller, 1974, also a singer-songwriter, Wikipedia), Setembre, octubre i novembre [September, October, and November]. The author from Mallorca became the shadow of the free-climber Miquel Riera and offers a literary portrait of the contemporary world in the form of three months of annotations.

Joan-Daniel Bezsonoff (Perpignan, 1963), Matar De Gaulle [To kill De Gaulle], recreates the conspiracy of a group of French soldiers and civilians, resentful about independence for Algeria, that decided to kill General De Gaulle.

Maria Guasch (n.a.), Olor de clor sota la roba [The smell of chlorine inside one’s clothes], a memory of how one loves, desires or hates at age eleven.

Pilar Rahola (Barcelona, 1958, a journalist and frequent “talk-show guest”, homepage), Mariona, a novel around a woman from the Gràcia neighborhood in Barcelona who starts out as squeamish girl in a tough and repressive society, grows up with the century to become an activist participating in the fight against troop conscriptions.

[[Lluís-Anton Baulenas (Barcelona, 1958, homepage), L’últim neanderthal [The last neanderthaler], brings us closer to the love of reading bookings, especially those printed on paper. – This book is mentioned at the SOURCE, but neither on the author’s nor on the publisher’s website…!!?? ]]

Marc Pastor (Barcelona, 1977, a member of the scientific police corps), La mala dona [The bad woman], republished.

Lluís Llort (Barcelona, 1966), Herències col·laterals [Collateral inheritance], crime fiction.

Juli Alandes (Castelló de la Ribera, 1968), La mirada del cocodril [The crocodile’s gaze], crime fiction.

Josep Torrent (n.a.), La sang és més dolça que la mel [Blood is sweeter than honey], crime fiction, winner of the 1st “Agusti Vehí memorial award”.

Albert Juvany (Vic, 1974), El silenci del far [The lighthouse’s silence].

Carles Zafon (Barcelona, 1965, an endocrinologist), L’home pla [The flat man], a novel about literature that summons an author, his main character and the reader to meet each other and talk about life and love.

Antònia Carré-Pons (Terrassa, 1960, +info), Rellotges en temps de pluja [Clocks in rainy weather].

Jordi Amat, Agustí Pons (ed.), La Barcelona de Nèstor Luján, an anthology of articles on Barcelona and its cultural life written by Nèstor Luján (1922-1995, journalist).

Josep Pla (1897-1981, Wikipedia), La vida lenta [The slow life], a classic that includes three recently discovered notebooks of the years 1956, 1957 and 1964. Pla is one of this blogger’s favorite authors in Catalan.

Gaziel (1887-1964, Wikipedia), Tots els camins duen a Roma [All roads lead to Rome], memories of his formative years up to World War I, by one of the leading 20th century Catalan journalists.

Maria Mercè Marçal (1952-1998, Wikipedia), Posar per a la mort [Pose for death], diary written while dying from cancer.

Tània Juste (Barcelona, 1972), L’hospital dels pobres [The poors’ hospital], a historical novel that narrates the construction of Hospital de Sant Pau (Barcelona), the biggest modernist set of buildings of all times.

Marc Capdevila (Vic, 1966), La Bíblia de pedra [The stone bible], a combination of art and thriller around the construction of the new portal of Santa Maria of Ripoll.

Víctor Jurado (Sant Boi de Llobregat, 1993), No s’hi enterra cap traïdor [There will be buried no traitor], a novel set in Barcelona in 1714 around the Moreres (mass-) graveyard.

SOURCE: L’illa dels Llibres, August 29, 2014

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