Teatre Grec © Edu Bayer / Ajuntament de Barcelona
Defending culture

What future awaits culture in the wake of Covid-19? In the debate featured in this issue, the opinions concur in retaining that the problems facing culture go way back and that the...

La tradición cosmopolita. Un noble e imperfecto ideal, Martha Nussbaum. Paidós, 2020
The dignity of being citizens of the world

Nussbaum traces the genealogy of the cosmopolitan tradition, which is rooted in the response given by Diogenes the Cynic when asked where he was from, to which he answered he was a ...

Cuando la riqueza se codeaba con el hambre. (Vida nocturna de la Barcelona de posguerra, 1939-1952), Paco Villar. Ajuntament de Barcelona, 2020
The city didn’t sleep, or didn’t want to

The lights and shadows of the 1940s and 1950s in Barcelona, collected in Paco Villar’s latest book. From the restaurants Los Caracoles on the street Escudellers to La Puñalada and La...

Barcelona, Fotògrafes/Fotógrafas, d`Isabel Segura.
Barcelona in the eyes of women photographers

For a long time, Spanish photographers saw their creative aspirations determined by the role society assigned to them. The book Barcelona, fotógrafas, by Isabel Segura – which...

Retrat de Laura Huerga al seu despatx. © Clara Soler Chopo
“Us independent publishers bring diversity”

Laura Huerga

The publisher Laura Huerga (Barcelona, 1978) is an unusual case on the Catalan literary scene. With professional beginnings far removed from the cultural world, it was her reading habits...

Retrat de Belén Funes © Curro Palacios Taberner
“I wanted to show the Barcelona of those who have a harder time of it”

Belén Funes

Belén Funes is a film director. Her first film, La hija de un ladrón (A Thief’s Daughter), has garnered, among other accolades, the Goya Award for Best New Director and the...

Mans agafades d'una parella de gent gran.  © Laura Guerrero
A normal life

We recently lost a way of life. It was buried under a mountain of letters and tears. We reminisce about it today in our conversations, it sneaks into the news subheadlines and, most of...

Persones caminant entre les parades de llibres el dia de Sant Jordi del 2018. © Vicente Zambrano
Sant Jordi versus coronavirus. Rescue bookshops and save books

23 April 2020. Like every year, Sant Jordi [St. George] has to slay the dragon, but this year the story has taken a different path and the enemy has mutated into a virus that cannot be...

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