The April session of the reading club had a very special guest: Javier Cercas came along to talk to us about Soldiers of Salamis, a perfect novel in the context of the exhibition “Cartoons on the Front Line”.
Javier Cercas and Jorge Carrión during the session
The conversation, led entirely by the club members, ranged from the details of the novel (the Miralles character, the postmodern structure, the use of autofiction…) to the relations between literature and memory and history (the real-life case of Sánchez Mazas, the ways the book was received, the phenomenon of the Spanish Civil War novel…). And the venue for the session was rather special, too: the new building, home of the Museu Picasso’s Centre for Knowledge and Research, designed by the architecture studio headed by Jordi Garcés.
Attendees at the session of the museum’s Reading Club | Javier Cercas | New Centre of Knowledge and Research
Next week’s session also promises interesting guests, both literary and flesh-and-blood: Pepe Serra, Director of the Museu Picasso, will be with us to talk about the book Conversations with Picasso by the photographer Brassaï, a personal friend of the artist. Picasso himself said ‘Read this book if you want to understand me’, so this will be an excellent opportunity to get to know more about him.
The question of historical memory is one of the key themes of Soldiers of Salamis, and this subject is also addressed in the exhibition, in the context of which we have invited people who lived through the heavy bombing suffered by the city of Barcelona to tell us about it in person on Wednesday, 4 May. If you would like to share your own memories of the bombing or those of family members, we will be glad to incorporate them into the activity.