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Mon, 19/06/2017 - 08:09

Institut Barcelona Esports

From the euphoria of Barcelona ‘92 to the horror of the war in the Balkans

Llibres. 'Amics per sempre', by Lluís-Anton Baulenas, is an ironic story of the experience of these two vastly different events.

In the middle of celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Olympic Games and Paralympics in 1992, an interesting novel has been published which is set in 1992 and tells the story of two major events in Europe, the games and the war in the Balkans.

The novel is by Lluís-Anton Baulenas and tells the story of Ferran, a character who gets caught up in the horror of the war in the Balkans before returning to Barcelona in the full swing of the Olympics. The euphoria in the city is a stark contrast to the personal crisis of the protagonists, a contrast which runs throughout the book and allows the author to give the novel a poignantly critical social and political edge.

As the games celebrate their 25th anniversary, Baulenas takes us back in time to relive moments which many of us cherish in our memory. The novel is mainly set in Barcelona, a city which the author portrays in all its chiaroscuro. Part of the plot also unravels in some of the other Olympic venues in 1992, such as La Seu d’Urgell, where the canoeing was held, Banyoles, where the rowing took place, and Vic, which hosted the roller hockey and equestrian events.

 

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