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Literature.  París,  19/12/2012


Barcelona will be the guest city at the 2013 Paris Book Fair, which will take place from the 22nd to the 25th of March. The spotlight on Barcelona, entitled Barcelone, ville des prodiges, will include a series of literary and cultural activities and the presence of the most representative Catalan authors that have recently been translated into French. The Institut Ramon Llull (IRL), which is promoting this programme, will present it in a press conference, along with the Catalan Minister of Culture and Barcelona City Council.



The Paris Book Fair is the third large-scale literary fair of international importance at which the IRL has managed to put Catalan literature and culture at centre stage, following on from it being guest of honour at the 2004 Guadalajara International Book Fair and the 2007 Frankfurt Book Fair.


The Institut Ramon Llull is organizing the programme at the Paris Book Fair in conjunction with the Institut Français, Barcelona City Council, the Catalan Tourist Board, the Institution of Catalan Letters, the Catalan Publishers Association, the Catalan Publishers Guild, the Bureau international de l’édition française (BIEF), the Syndicat national de l’édition (SNE) and Le Motif, Observatoire du livre et de l’écrit d’Île de France. Barcelona is the third guest city at the Paris Book Fair, after Buenos Aires (2011) and Moscow (2012).


The programme is entitled Barcelone, ville des prodiges, and has been created jointly by the IRL, the Institut Français and the organizers of the Book Fair. All the invited authors have been translated into French in recent years, or will have been by the time the Fair takes place, which means they are all up-to-date and easily accessible to the French public. This shows the vitality of the exchange between Catalan and French literature. The authors present in Paris are divided into four categories: the Classics, Catalan writers, Spanish writers and illustrators.


The choice of Classic writers includes Josep Pla (Le Cahier Gris, Gallimard, 2013 / Pain et rasin, Autrement, 2010), Mercè Rodoreda (Miroir brisée, Autrement, 2011 / Voyages et Fleurs, Éditions Fédérop, 2013), Maria Mercè Marçal (Trois fois rebelle, Éditions Bruno Doucey, 2013) and Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, whose series of novels featuring Carvalho (Carvalho, Seuil) have been republished.


The authors writing in Catalan offer a panoramic view of the literary splendour of the language. The authors selected are Jaume Cabré (Confiteor, Actes Sud, 2013 / Les Voix du Pamano, 2012, / Sa Seigneurie, Bourgois, 2004), Albert Sánchez Piñol (Victus. Barcelone 1714, Actes Sud, 2013), Carme Riera (Vers l'azur infini, Autrement, 2012), Miquel de Palol (Le jardin des sept crépuscules- Tome 1 : Phrixos le fou, Éditions Zulma, 2013), Francesc Serés (Contes russes,  Jacqueline Chambon 2012), Sergi Pàmies (La bicyclette statique, Jacqueline Chambon, 2011), Marc Pastor (La mauvaise femme, Jacqueline Chambon 2012), Imma Monsó (La femme pressé, Robert Laffont, 2013) Sebastià Alzamora (Memento mori, Actes Sud, 2013), Jordi Puntí (Bagages perdus, Éditions Lattès, 2013 / Peau de Tatou, Éditions du Rocher, 2008), Salvador Macip (Hipnofobia, Blackmoon thriller, 2013) and Mercè Ibarz (Barcelone, Autrement, 2012). Representing Young People’s Literature in Paris will be Maite Carranza (Mots empoisonés, Universpoche, 2013 / La malédiction de Odi, J’ai Lu, 2013) and Gabriel Janer Manila (J’ai joué avec les loups, 2013, Bayard).


Along with these there are six authors writing in Spanish: Eduardo Mendoza (La grande embrouillé, Seuil, 2013), Juan Goytisolo (Genet à Barcelone, Fayard, 2012), Javier Cercas (Anatomie d'un instant, Actes Sud, 2011), Javier Calvo (Le jardin suspendu, Galaade, 2013), Alicia Giménez Bartlett (Le silence des cloîtres, Rivages, 2012) and Berta Marsé (En echec, Bourgois, 2013).


Finally, there are four illustrators, representing the rich Catalan tradition in this field: Miguel Gallardo (María et moi, Éditions Rackham, 2012), Arnal Ballester (Le Facteur Quifaiquoi, La Joie de Lire, 2012), Jordi Bernet (Oeuvres à Ed. Glénat) and Rubén Pellejero (Loup de pluie. Tome 1/2. Dargaud, 2012).


During the Book Fair there will be cultural exchanges between Barcelona and Paris. There will be meetings between Catalan and French authors organized by the Institut Français, activities aimed at professional visitors and cultural events. The events will take place in different parts of the Fair, while there will be a 200m2 stand in Barcelona featuring a bookshop and a café.


The Institut Ramon Llull to bring some thirty Catalan authors to the French capital 

Sponsors of IRL projects

The Institut Ramon Llull

is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.

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