Periodisme gris. Jaume Fabre

Grey journalism

Jordi Amat

Fabre is one the journalists who best knows his city. He wrote a splendid doctoral thesis on 1939 Barcelona and played a decisive role in safeguarding the memory of his guild. His new book, which avoids moral condemnation, returns to the post-war world of journalism.

Taxi, Carlos Zanón

Harry Crews said that talent wasn’t a bad thing in literature, but what mattered was courage. Zanón has more than enough. He speaks of parents and children and grandmothers, of Horta and Guinardó, of the bourgeoisie or of ‘the bottom of the middle class’. When he gets stuck into his neighbourhood and background, his talent spurts like a geyser.

Un regalo para Kushbu

For some time now, non-fiction not only fills the pages of well-known writers like Capote, Mailer, Carrère or Caparrós, but also the illustrated pages of graphic novels, which have allowed the rigorous and socially committed binomium between journalism and comics. Un regalo para Kushbu is the closest example we have in time and space of this hybridisation of genres.

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Dalí i Barcelona [Dalí and Barcelona] Author: Ricard Mas Publisher: Barcelona City Council 555 pages Barcelona, 2017 In 1974 my parents took me to a Dalí “happening” at Plaça de la Porxada in Granollers. Dalí was surrounded by an impressive


Catalonia, soiled

Matthew Tree

Nazis a Barcelona. L’esplendor feixista de postguerra (1939-1945) [Nazis in Barcelona. The fascist splendour of the post-war period (1939-1945).] Authors: Mireia Capdevila and Francesc Vilanova Publisher: L’Avenç and Barcelona City Council 227 pages Barcelona, 2017 It is no secret that

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Return to China Town

Lilian Neuman

Transvestitism and brazen homosexuality reigned supreme on Carrer del Cid. So, too, did treachery, dishonesty and the broken, questionable condition of the people. The owner of La Criolla, who presided over a bar that would turn from a seedy joint into a hotspot, started by playing dirty and ended up worse off.

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It is in the squares and streets of the Barcelona of 1992 – the city whose Olympic mascot was Cobi, a Catalan sheepdog – where the author sets the story of Ferran Simó, a young man that war, in the words of the narrator, has turned into a dog. Baulenas once again adds touches of magical realism to the novel.

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What “Barcelona Model”?

Genís Barnosell

Today, the term “Barcelona Model” has several different meanings, not just because the elements it incorporates have evolved over the years, but because there is much discussion on which elements actually form part of it.


Great (hi)stories

Jordi Amat

Nacionalisme espanyol i catalanitat. Cap a una revisió de la Renaixença (Spanish Nationalism and Catalanism. A new perspective on the Catalan Renaissance) Author: Joan-Lluís Marfany Edicions 62 950 pages Barcelona, 2017 La voluntat i la quimera. El noucentisme català entre

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Photographic dreams of Barcelona

Josep Maria Cortina

As its title implies (Infrared Barcelona. The enchanted city), it is a compilation of 170 photographs taken with analogue film, which picks up infrared light that is invisible to the naked eye.

La ciutat trasbalsada. Ròmul Brotons i Segarra

This book presents the turbulent history of the first ten years of the 20th century, which were to guide Barcelona into the modern age.

Escenes barcelonines. Emili Vilanova

Don’t look for any gossip in this book, as what you will find is the humble day-to-day muted routine of the inhabitants of the Barcelona of his time, the second half of the 19th century.

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The free city

Quim Noguero

A good book on books. This book thus weaves a stimulating tale about how we have surrounded ourselves with these encapsulated records of memory, and about the role they have played in the city in private and public libraries, publishers, bookshops, mobile libraries, library banks (before the war, on Passeig de Sant Joan), reading campaigns and new social advances that emphasised an educated city where high culture was within reach of the majority.

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Liquid Barcelona

Xavier Theros

This book is very well documented and contains a selection of priceless photographs It also reminds us of how many traces still exist of what was once the city’s main water course. By following El Rec, the book guides us through a thousand years of Barcelona’s history.

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Demonstrations that made history

Josep Maria Cortina

The Barcelona City Council has published an updated edition of the book Cops de gent. The new edition, with minimal changes, follows the same structure as the original version and expands it with seven new demonstrations that were held between 2004 and 2014.

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When life triumphs

Jaume Pons Alorda

‘Poesia Contracultura Barcelona’ enables us to enter a time and some works of writing that fought against everything, and even worked to their own detriment. This is the risk of taking on poetry as a way of life, as a form of anger, in a way that could be understood as an act of immolation.

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Two recent books by journalist and historian Marc Andreu, published by Els Llibres de L’Avenç, offer a realistic view of the reality of Catalan cities in the second half of the 20th century and early 21st century.

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The city as a symbol of itself

Aleix Porta Alonso

The city transmits a wealth of information that one must know how to interpret. Urban design is amongst the transmitters: a reinterpretation of a particular understanding of the space in which we must live and make things happen. To walk around a city is to continuously decode both obvious and hidden meanings.

Publicitat i ephemera

The writer Josep Pla said that we Catalans get lost in aesthetics. This book is testament to that. It is a collection of prints, but also an expression of the most popular aesthetics, an account of the quality of the communications professionals of the past and of the roots of Catalan graphic design.

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A biography of a city

Daniel Venteo

The history of Barcelona can be explained through its documents or through its people, institutions and stones. That is what has been done and presented to us through a story with over 800 pages, in which the journalist Enric Calpena interviews Barcelona.

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In the infinite city

Bernat Puigtobella

El Hachmi had already recounted her experience in two earlier works. While El Hachmi dealt mainly with a relationship with a father in ‘The last patriarch’, in ‘La filla estrangera’ she focuses on a mother-daughter relation ship.

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Barcelona City Council and Viena Edicions publish the history about the golden age of the circus in Barcelona in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is a work of Ramon Bech, investigator on circus and cofounder of the Circus Arts Foundation.

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Inspiring Barcelona

Martí Crespo

There are nearly 800 domestic tourism proposals for local travellers via buildings and places that are (in)directly linked to intellectual Barcelona, all of which are efficiently organised into three large geographical areas.

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It has been 40 years since the satirical magazine Butifarra! was founded. To celebrate, Barcelona City Council and the Barcelona Federation of Residents’ Associations (FAVB) have published a collective piece of work that does justice to one of the leading graphic magazines of that period.