Barcelona Historical Novel

Fourth Barcelona Historical Novel Festival

Brimming with activities, the literary festival runs from 7 and 11 November and its central venue is once again the El Born Cultural and Memorial Centre 

The second week in September sees the fourth Barcelona Historical Novel, the city's meeting point for authors and readers of this literary genre. Once again, Barcelona, UNESCO City of Literature will be staging this festival, which will have as its central venue for many activities, the Sala Moragues at the El Born Cultural and Memorial Centre.

Barcelona Historical Novel has scheduled a wealth of tours, debates and talks that will be looking at different moments in history, such as Ancient Egypt and Classical Greece. This year, the winner of the 2016 International Barcino Historical Novel Prize is Christian Jacq, Egyptologist and scholarly writer. In addition, the programme of activities will include two days when visitors can take a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum to get to know it in depth. To name just two of the activities, Chufo Lloréns and Víctor Amela, chaired by Josep Maria Bunyol, will be taking a look at films based on historical novels set in Ancient Egypt and Classical Greece in Reaching the General Public; and Professor Borja Antela will be illustrating this period with Alexander the Great, a Media Star of Antiquity.

This year, Barcelona Historical Novel will be commemorating 400 years since the publication of the second part of Don Quixote with the lecture 400 Years Since the Arrival of Don Quixote in Barcelona (1616-2016), which will be at the Casa de l’Ardiaca, or Archdeacon's House. The festival also joins in with the celebrations of thirty years of Friends of the Liceu with an activity in the Hall of Mirrors at the Gran Teatre del Liceu focused on novels that have had this institution of the city as its protagonist.

You can check out the full programme on the Barcelona Historical Novel website.

Publication date: Thursday, 27 October 2016
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