Retrat de Joan Fontcuberta © Pere Virgili
Welcome to the post-photographic era

Joan Fontcuberta

In this day and age, images have become dangerous, even furious, and require an attitude of resistance on the part of intellectuals and artists. For Joan Fontcuberta...

Il·lustració © Judit Canela
Under the spell of a neighborhood (a poem spelled out in cantos)

The poet Josep Pedrals talks to us about his neighborhood in a poem.

(Translated from the Catalan by Ronald Puppo)

Il·lustració © Lluïsot
The old hospital garden

During those years I was undocumented. “Not having papers” used to mean (means) lacking facts. But there was nothing to fear in the library.

Participants al concurs de travestits Miss Barri Xino de 1934, imatge reproduïda al llibre La Criolla. La puerta dorada del Barrio Chino.
Return to China Town

Historia y leyenda del Barrio Chino (The History and Legends of China Town) (La Campana, 1966), by Paco Villar, is a singular book to which this return to...

Voluntaris olímpics en un assaig de la cerimònia d’inauguració dels Jocs de 1992. Foto: AFB
A pulsating, ambivalent Olympic Barcelona

On 1 June 1992, a summer storm rained down on Barcelona and, so too, on the magnetic protagonists of Lluís-Anton Baulenas’s latest novel, Amics per sempre (...

Il·lustració © Mireia Zantop
The pride of the hillside

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....

Il·lustració © Òscar Tusquets
Black eyes, forked tongue

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.

Il·lustració © Lluïsa Jover
Trobada prevista

Cinc minuts de marge. I, si ve, la reconeixeré a primer cop d’ull?, o em costarà saber si és ella i després hauré de dissimular amb un “Sílvia, no has canviat gens”?...

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