Image: Núria Guinovart, "Impuls." Mixed on wood, 60 x 100 cm. Sala Parés (art gallery), Barcelona.
This month we’re celebrating authors participating in the Catalan Culture Spotlight at the London Book Fair in April. Each week, we’ll publish a new translation of a piece by one of the featured writers. We launch with Irene Solà channeling an overwhelmed widowed mother, and an illuminating interview with the author conducted by Madeleine Feeny. In later weeks, Eva Baltasar finds an idyllic relationship complicated by pregnancy; Marta Orriols observes a drunken woman ride the subway into memory; Sergi Pàmies shows life change shape in an instant; and Borja Bagunyà shadows a guest at the party from hell.
The White Tablecloth
Eight years and I’m still not over it.
Transcending the Human Viewpoint: A Conversation with Irene Solà
I allowed myself to be very playful and unafraid, and to try everything.
Having a kid is the same as enrolling in a lifetime plan of suffering.
A headband, you say? You’re ridiculous.
You’ve Likely Never Been to a Party This Big
In a house like this you imagined all the stories had happy endings.
Like Two Drops of Water
Tempo, for instance: one drop every so often, always the exact same so often, like a time trial in a bicycle race.
Reviewed by Alex Gilvarry
María Gainza's latest novel follows the trail of an enigmatic, brilliant forger with intriguing results.
Reviewed by Maris Kreizman
Elena Ferrante's essay collection examines the pleasures of reading and writing with the author's characteristic flair for violent honesty.
Reviewed by Hannah Weber
Halldór Laxness's 1931 novel is a sometimes harrowing coming-of-age story of a young woman in a remote Icelandic fishing village.
Reviewed by Tara Wanda Merrigan
Olga Tokarczuk's long-awaited opus tells the stories of the followers of Jacob Frank, an eighteenth-century messianic figure.