What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything?

"There really is one?" breathed Phouchg.
"There really is one," confirmed Deep Thought.
"To Everything? To the great Question of Life, the Universe and Everything?"
Both of the men had been trained for this moment, their lives had been a preparation for it, they had been selected at birth as those who would witness the answer, but even so they found themselves gasping and squirming like excited children […].
"Tell us!"
"Alright," said Deep Thought. "The Answer to the Great Question..."
"Of Life, the Universe and Everything..." said Deep Thought.
"Is..." said Deep Thought, and paused.
"Forty-two," said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.

Douglas Adams, The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
(Pan Books)

Distinguished participants

  • Inés Macpherson


    Degree in Philosophy, she has been working in publishing as a reader, proofreader and editor, and collaborates with La Vanguardia and El Biblionauta.

  • © Ricardo Perez

    Manel Loureiro


    Writer, lawyer, scriptwriter and TV presenter

  • © Archivo personal de la autora

    Manon Steffan Ros


    Writer, screenwriter, and playwright

  • Margarida Aritzeta


    Degree in Modern and Contemporary History and a PhD in Catalan Philology