Snippet: Luján on the Barcelona streetcars and other topics (non-fiction)

Nèstor Luján (Mataró, 1922 – Barcelona, 1995), La Barcelona dels tramvies i altres textos [The Barcelona of streetcars and other texts], 2015, 256 p.

Publisher’s summary:

Jordi Amat and Agustí Pons (eds.) present and comment an an accurate selection of articles that Nèstor Luján dedicated to the city of Barcelona, to its social and political life and to the great characters of Catalan culture that filled with light the darkest decades of the Franco regime. The selection has been made from the countless texts that Nèstor Luján published in the magazine Destino from 1946 until the first years of the transition [from dictatorship to democracy, 1975-1978].

This book wants to change the view on post-war journalism, as it situates the beginning of the journalism of complaint not in the 1960s and with the new generations, but at the end of the 1940s and at the hands of Nèstor Luján.

Julià Guillamon, La Vanguardia:

Luján pointed out aspects (dirtiness, danger, bad service) [of the Barcelona streetcars] that were defensible from the perspective of bourgois mentality of Destino [magazine] and up to a certain point acceptable to those who ruled. Once the article was published one could use it politically: the streetcars became a metaphor for the chaos all around. Luján’s character, acid and disillusioned from a very young age, presented a forcefulness unusual for the time’s press.

SOURCE: Editorial Meteora; review by Julià Guillamon, “Cultura/s”, La Vanguardia, May 23, 2015, p. 8 (printed edition)