“If the hospital were taken away, it’d change Barcelona’s soul.” The first time I read those words, written by Doctor Josep Cornudella about the Hospital de la Santa...
The clinic where I was born was turned into an old people’s home, then it became an empty space and finally it was squatted in and then cleared. But it hasn’t been...
Under the Eixample there are the same streets as on the surface, though much narrower, and they reflect the life outside and that of the houses above.
These days, not even the neighbourhood’s own mother would recognize it. Still, it’s worth saying that the change has been for the better.
The poet Josep Pedrals talks to us about his neighborhood in a poem.
(Translated from the Catalan by Ronald Puppo)
During those years I was undocumented. “Not having papers” used to mean (means) lacking facts. But there was nothing to fear in the library.
I suspect that Jane Bowles, Pere Calders, Nelly Sachs, Joan Maragall, Federico García Lorca, Josep Vicenç Foix and Mercè Rodoreda once lived together in Vallvidrera....
I wish they’d all go away. That this damned Operation Escape would end. That the neighbourhood would be emptied of those who live and who don’t live in Pedralbes.
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