The commentary about La gran novel·la sobre Barcelona (“The Great Novel of Barcelona“), moreover, served to take further and enrich the initial conversation of this season, about the La ciudad de los prodigios (“The city of marvels“) by Eduardo Mendoza. Both books can be seen as complementary to each other: the complete novel and the book of minimalist tales, the ambition to speak about the metropolis with its many characters and many situations and the condensation in almost just one text, the end, of a possible theory about the Ciutat Comtal (the city of the Counts, as Barcelona is often referred as).
We spoke a lot about this last story, but we also analysed the others, by means of a series of threads: obsession, consumption, the importance of the first line, the countryside-city relation. All in all, a very enjoyable evening, in which pertinent observations alternated with peals of laughter.
Sergi Pàmies told us how this book of tales had been motivated to be an ironical and provocative response to the debate that was taking place at that time about the future of Catalan culture and its lack of major literary references. “In my home I saw the bookshelves full of masterpieces, by Verdaguer, Ruyra, Català, Carner, etc., and wondered what I should do, ignore all of them? It seemed a somewhat provincial cliché”. And thus, with a spirit of transgression, he wrote a great little book in which for the first time he allowed himself an emotional involvement at the same time as mixing his experience as a chronicle writer for newspapers.
Next month we’ll be meeting up again to speak, within the context of the anniversary of the Museu Picasso, about El notari Raimon Noguera i el llegat de Picasso, Miró i Pau Casals, (The Notary Raimon Noguera and the legacy of Picasso, Miró and Pau Casals), by Agustí Pons and accompanied by Claustre Rafart, curator of the museum, on occasion of the 5th anniversary of the museum.
The New Season of the Reading Club