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April 2017

You Will Not Be Born Again:
Catalan Literature Now

Image: Jordi Guillumet & Mònica Roselló, Ten Visions. Reading between Streets, photograph, 2004.

Our latest issue includes work from seven thrilling writers from Catalonia who explore both cosmopolitan Barcelona and the less familiar Catalonia of immigrants, of sleepy towns and painful betrayals, of haphazard alleyways and marginal lives, for a nuanced portrait of this complex region. Four of the seven writers are appearing in English translation for the first time.

In fiction, Pep Puig and Najat El Hachmi look at the hard realities imposed by family from two very different angles. Borja Bagunyà’s wild party brings Gatsby into the twenty-first century. Mercè Ibarz explores the mysterious origins of Alleyway S, a street whose myriad transformations mirror those of Barcelona, while Marta Rojals contributes an essay on the chronically underemployed. Finally, we present poetry from Francesc Garriga and this year’s Carles Riba Prize-winning poet Maria Cabrera. Guest editor Jordi Nopca’s introduction situates their work in the long, vibrant tradition of Catalan literature. 

In our special feature, we bring you the work of three contemporary Russian-language poets in honor of National Poetry Month, with an introduction by guest editors Alex Cigale and Dana Golin.

 

We gratefully acknowledge the collaboration of the Institut Ramon Llull.

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Book Reviews

“The Accusation” by Bandi

Reviewed by John W. W. Zeiser

Stories that shine a light on the dark half of the Korean peninsula.

“The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love” by Per J. Andersson

Reviewed by Camila M. Santos

An against-all-odds love story from India, by way of Sweden.

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