Author Sebastià Alzamora featured at FIL, the International Festival of Literature in Montreal
Nearly 200 authors and artists from all disciplines and from all around the world gather in Montreal every year for the Festival international de la littérature (FIL). The events of the next edition of the FIL include readings, dance performances, musical events, roundtable discussions and exhibitions.
Sebastià Alzamora (Llucmajor, Mallorca, 1972) is a writer, literary critic and cultural manager. He has a degree in Catalan Philology from the University of the Balearic Islands (1995) and combines his literary work with academic activity and cultural management. As a young writer, he soon became known as a solid and bold voice in the Catalan literary panorama, a voice that was at once innovative and well-grounded in the classics. His works tend to portray a society in decadence where the characters disclose their existential doubts. He is part of the peer group known as "Els Imparables" (The Unstoppables), along with Hèctor Bofill and Manuel Forcano, with whom he published the programmatic essay entitled Dogmàtica imparable: Abandoneu tota esperança (Unstoppable Dogmatics: Abandon All Hope, 2005).
He first made his name with the collection of poems Rafel (1994) after which he published, among other works, Apoteosi del cercle (Apotheosis of the Circle, 1997), Mula morta (Dead Mule, 2001) and El benestar (Well-being, 2003). Some of his poems have appeared in joint anthologies, for example Imparables(Unstoppables, 2004). He has published the novels L'extinció (Extinction, 1999),Sara i Jeremies (Sara and Jeremies, 2002), La pell i la princesa (The Skin and the Princess, 2005), Nit de l'ànima (2007), Crim de sang (2012), Dos amics de vint anys (2013) and La Malcontenta (2015), along with the essay Gabriel Janer Manila: L'escriptura del foc (Gabriel Janer Manila. Writing of Fire, 1998), and has contributed short stories in a number of collective volumes. Sebastià Alzamora's work has been widely recognized with major prizes and has been translated into Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Hebrew and Slovenian. His novel Crim de sang is forthcoming in English (Blood Crime, SoHo Press) in September 2016.
Saturday, September 24
Q&A with Sebastià Alzamora on the occasion of the screening of "Flames a la fosca", a documentary film about Catalan poet Bartolomeu Rosselló-Pòrcel, one of the most important names of Catalan literature. Featuring Maria del Mar Bonet, Biel Mesquida, Sebastià Alzamora, Miquel Àngel Torrens, among others.
Sunday, September 25
Maison des écrivains
Sebastià Alzamora and Portuguese writer Lídia Jorge will discuss "Iberian Revolutions and Literatures".
Monday, September 26
Université de Montréal, CTL 1140 Panorama de la littérature catalane.
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