Mon. Feb 24th, 2020

Nabokov never won anything



It all starts in the Short Library, with the aperitif behind the press conference at the Maritime Museum. The journalist Joan Safont asks me: “Have you seen the one that has been linked by the City of Barcelona to Joan Benesiu?” As you need expert level in Twitter brawls to understand what the thing is about, I don’t go into details. I keep the proposal that someone proposes to make a reality of literary juries.

Because the Ciutat de Barcelona in Spanish also gives something to talk about, at least to the diners at the table to which I feel: one says that the work of a Latin American writer who lives here has never received it, since it was granted to 2666 Roberto Bolaño (who directly did not live). And it is rare, because Santiago Roncagliolo, Juan Pablo Villalobos, among others, reside (by the way, leave this chronicle and go to take a vermouth to the Taifa, where he is presenting The invasion of the spirit people ), or Rodrigo Fresán, whose novel Mantra It has its own cocktail in the Belvedere. They have not obtained it, while Mariana Enriquez, Ricardo Piglia, Álvaro Enrigue or, this year, the Mexican Mateo García Elizondo, whose relationship with Barcelona is that Gabriel García Márquez – still without a street in this city – was his grandfather .




I am surprised not to see Malcolm Otero Barral among the guests at the Brief Library, when Carlos Barral created the award

Speaking of great needs: I am surprised not to see Malcolm Otero Barral among the guests at the Brief Library, when Carlos Barral created the award. It also surprises, with desserts, that they remove the glasses of cava without having served it. We have talked about Pale fire Y Ada and the burning, and that Nabokov would have been an undisputed Nobel, but he never won anything. Of course, there is a Nabokov Award. Then many authors have gone to the Amber bar to make time before taking the train to Madrid or Zaragoza. I have passed through The House of the Book, where Cristian Olivé presented Rebel teachers (Grijalbo / Rosa dels Vents) and told Toni Aira that current education teaches kids of the 21st century in classrooms of the twentieth century with a system of the nineteenth. To get students to read, you have to spread the love of reading to them; and it also helps, he adds, to include them in a book. Then I receive the notice that L’esperit of the temps , by Martí Domínguez, he wins the Òmnium award, and I wonder if the language and literature class talks about awards or is exclusive to the media.

A few years ago, Ignacio Martínez de Pisón and servant set up a dinner at the Giardinetto on the same day as the Brief Library to talk with those who have not had time during the meal. But word has spread, and this Monday there were almost as many people as at noon (exaggeration). There was even the winner, Raquel Taranilla, author of Night and ocean . There was also García Elizondo, on the eve of picking up his Ciutat de Barcelona. And Malcolm, happy since he carries the stamps in Spanish of the Catalan Encyclopedic group; He told wonders of the book that Toni Garcia Ramon will publish about his anecdotes interviewing the Hollywood fan. There were Galder Reguera and Carlos Marañón, who came from the Panenka awards; also Miguel Ángel Hernández, Leonardo Cano, Marta Orriols, José Ignacio Carnero, David Trueba, Paula Ciufuentes, literary agents.



The next day, physicist, pedagogue and researcher Marta Bueno won the 44th El Ciervo-Enrique Ferran prize in the + Bernat for her article Five looks . Accompanied by the oceanographer Anna Sánchez and the director of the magazine, Jaume Boix, reviewed points to consider in the face of the environmental crisis: scientific rigor shows that the planet is on red alert; the fierce consumerism system affects the social aspect (children exploited for the extraction of coltan), but we have the most important tool, which is education; women – caregivers for the elderly and children – have contributed less to this system, and those who suffer the most, especially in poor countries; the attitude cannot be defeatist; many species are disappearing, and all are valuable, we humans are too.

On Wednesday, Santi Vila presented Beat and convince (Peninsula / Pòrtic) together with former ex-seller Andreu Mas-Colell and Josep Cuní, in an act that proposed the creation of a new Catalan, centrist party, alternative to the unilateral route of Carles Puigdemont. Miquel Roca, Marta Pascal, Carles Campuzano, Carles Duarte, Antoni Fernández-Teixidó, former Felix Puig, Lluís Recoder and Germà Gordó approached the Cercle d’Economia. The criminals Xavier Melero and Pau Molins, the businessmen Gabriel Masfurroll, José Creuheras and Gonzalo Rodés.



And on Thursday, Albert Lladó filled La Calders with the presentation of The crossing of the eels , “A book about Olympic Barcelona in which the Games do not appear,” said philosopher Marina Garcés. Published by Galaxia Gutenberg, it travels the neighborhoods “without services and without law”: teenagers created their own language to escape a reality of evictions, raids, battered women and men in bars. “Ciutat Meridiana is a literary game,” explained the author, “as a Where is Wally or a Who is who: It’s hidden, but it’s there. ” The city, he concludes, changes depending on where you look at it.

It all starts in the Short Library, with the aperitif behind the press conference at the Maritime Museum. The journalist Joan Safont asks me: “Have you seen the one that has been linked by the City of Barcelona to Joan Benesiu?” As you need expert level in Twitter brawls to understand what the thing is about, I don’t go into details. I keep the proposal that someone proposes to make a reality of literary jurors.

Because the Ciutat de Barcelona in Spanish also gives something to talk about, at least to the diners at the table to which I feel: one says that the work of a Latin American writer who lives here has never received it, since it was granted to 2666 Roberto Bolaño (who directly did not live). And it is rare, because Santiago Roncagliolo, Juan Pablo Villalobos, among others, reside (by the way, leave this chronicle and go to take a vermouth to the Taifa, where he is presenting The invasion of the spirit people ), or Rodrigo Fresán, whose novel Mantra It has its own cocktail in the Belvedere. They have not obtained it, while Mariana Enriquez, Ricardo Piglia, Álvaro Enrigue or, this year, the Mexican Mateo García Elizondo, whose relationship with Barcelona is that Gabriel García Márquez – still without a street in this city – was his grandfather .



Speaking of great needs: I am surprised not to see Malcolm Otero Barral among the guests at the Brief Library, when Carlos Barral created the award. It also surprises, with desserts, that they remove the glasses of cava without having served it. We have talked about Pale fire Y Ada and the burning, and that Nabokov would have been an undisputed Nobel, but he never won anything. Of course, there is a Nabokov Award. Then many authors have gone to the Amber bar to make time before taking the train to Madrid or Zaragoza. I have passed through The House of the Book, where Cristian Olivé presented Rebel teachers (Grijalbo / Rosa dels Vents) and commented to Toni Aira that current education teaches kids of the 21st century in classrooms of the twentieth century with a system of the nineteenth. To get students to read, you have to spread the love of reading to them; and it also helps, he adds, to include them in a book. Then I receive the notice that L’esperit of the temps , by Martí Domínguez, he wins the Òmnium award, and I wonder if the language and literature class talks about awards or is exclusive to the media.

A few years ago, Ignacio Martínez de Pisón and servant set up a dinner at the Giardinetto on the same day as the Brief Library to talk with those who have not had time during the meal. But word has spread, and this Monday there were almost as many people as at noon (exaggeration). There was even the winner, Raquel Taranilla, author of Night and ocean . There was also García Elizondo, on the eve of picking up his Ciutat de Barcelona. And Malcolm, happy since he carries the stamps in Spanish of the Catalan Encyclopedic group; He told wonders of the book that Toni Garcia Ramon will publish about his anecdotes interviewing the Hollywood fan. There were Galder Reguera and Carlos Marañón, who came from the Panenka awards; also Miguel Ángel Hernández, Leonardo Cano, Marta Orriols, José Ignacio Carnero, David Trueba, Paula Ciufuentes, literary agents.



The next day, physicist, pedagogue and researcher Marta Bueno won the 44th El Ciervo-Enrique Ferran prize in the + Bernat for her article Five looks . Accompanied by the oceanographer Anna Sánchez and the director of the magazine, Jaume Boix, reviewed points to consider in the face of the environmental crisis: scientific rigor shows that the planet is on red alert; the fierce consumerism system affects the social aspect (children exploited for the extraction of coltan), but we have the most important tool, which is education; women – caregivers for the elderly and children – have contributed less to this system, and those who suffer the most, especially in poor countries; the attitude cannot be defeatist; many species are disappearing, and all are valuable, we humans are too.

On Wednesday, Santi Vila presented Beat and convince (Peninsula / Pòrtic) together with former ex-seller Andreu Mas-Colell and Josep Cuní, in an act that proposed the creation of a new Catalan, centrist party, alternative to the unilateral route of Carles Puigdemont. Miquel Roca, Marta Pascal, Carles Campuzano, Carles Duarte, Antoni Fernández-Teixidó, former Felix Puig, Lluís Recoder and Germà Gordó approached the Cercle d’Economia. The criminals Xavier Melero and Pau Molins, the businessmen Gabriel Masfurroll, José Creuheras and Gonzalo Rodés.



And on Thursday, Albert Lladó filled La Calders with the presentation of The crossing of the eels , “A book about Olympic Barcelona in which the Games do not appear,” said philosopher Marina Garcés. Published by Galaxia Gutenberg, it travels the neighborhoods “without services and without law”: teenagers created their own language to escape a reality of evictions, raids, battered women and men in bars. “Ciutat Meridiana is a literary game,” explained the author, “as a Where is Wally or a Who is who: It’s hidden, but it’s there. ” The city, he concludes, changes depending on where you look at it.



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