Snippet: Javier Pérez Andújar, writer

 

Translated from the Wikipedia:

Javier Pérez Andújar (Sant Adrià de Besòs, 1965) is a Spanish writer.

A graduate of Spanish Philology of Universitat de Barcelona, Pérez Andújar has contributed to the TV programs Saló de Lectura (“Reading Room”, Barcelona TV) and L’Hora del Lector (“Reader’s Hour”, TV3). He has been the managing editor of the magazine Taifa and has written articles for the fanzine Mondo Brutto and for the daily El País.

Mainly an essay writer, in 2007 he published his first novel, Los príncipes valientes [The valiant princes]. The work is an evocation of the author’s childhood in a family of Andalusian immigrants of the outskirts of Barcelona, with numerous references to the world of comics (already the title is an allusion to Hal Foster’s classic Prince Valiant) and popular literature. Los príncipes valientes was one of the five finalists to the Premio de Novela Fundación Lara [Lara foundation novel prize] that is given to the best novel published during a given year.

In 2014, the writer received the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona [City of BCN prize].

In 2016, he was the “opening speaker” of the Mercè festivities [feast of the city of Barcelona around the days of the city’s patron saint, Our Lady of Mercy, 24 September].

Work:

Essays

Catalanes todos. Las 15 visitas de Franco a Cataluña [All Catalans. The 15 visits by Franco to Catalonia] (Barcelona, La Tempestad, 2002).

Salvador Dalí. A la conquista de lo irracional [Salvador Dalí. In conquest of the irrational] (Madrid, Algaba, 2003).

Milagro en Barcelona con fotografías de Joan Guerrero Luque [Miracle in Barcelona, with pictures by JGL] (Barcelona, Editorial Ariel, 2014).

Novels

Los príncipes valientes [The valiant princes] (Barcelona, Tusquets, 2007).

Todo lo que se llevó el diablo [Gone with the devil] (Barcelona, Tusquets, 2010).

Paseos con mi madre [Walks with my mother] (Barcelona, Tusquets, 2011).

Catalanes todos [All catalans] (Barcelona, Tusquets, 2014).

Diccionario enciclopédico de la vieja escuela [Encyclopedic dictionary of the old school] (Barcelona, Tusquets, 2016).

Anthologies of other authors

Vosotros los que leéis aún estáis entre los muertos [You who read are still among the dead] (Barcelona, Círculo de Lectores).

La vida no vale nada [Life’s worth nothing] (Barcelona, Círculo de Lectores, 2008).

 

Publisher’s summary of Pérez Andújar’s latest work, Diccionario enciclopédico de la vieja escuela [Encyclopedic dictionary of the old school]:

In alphabetical order like the encyclopedias of the past, this new book by Javier Pérez Andújar holds an original universe, that of his origins and his past, and it projects a view on that which has happened during these recent years in which everything has changed. Thus, this dictionary is at the same time a collection of references, such as the comics published by Bruguera, fantasy films, the history of Charlie Hebdo, the suburbs, television and popular culture, but also a chronicle of the anonymous people of the quarters and streets of Barcelona, Madrid and other cities, the Occupy… movements [los indignados], international fear, and in general an ode to the old school. And between some articles and others, there emerges the most intimate world of the author with chapters that constitute a true generational synthesis, written in the most original and sparkling prose of Spanish literature. Definitely a manual of the old school to not stop reading from the beginning to the end.

 

As far as this blogger can judge after reading a few articles on the author (induced by the controversy around a no-independence-promoting author opening Barcelona’s Mercè festivities), Pérez Andújar has been constant in claiming that comics and popular literature, though considered of minor value, serve educational purposes, and that there is a different, financially poorer, hardly acknowledged Barcelona to be reckoned with beyond the upper-class city center celebrated in a lot of Catalan “establishment” literature.

SOURCE: Wikipedia (Spanish, consulted Oct. 7, 2016), Tusquets (publisher)

 

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