How to avoid the OPERA

Anyone who picks up this book of 13 short stories will often laugh out loud at Teresa Solana’s quirky humour. They may well be chilled, too, and be pushed to think. Her entertaining stories contain sharp social criticism: a kick that follows the laughter

Murder and Spanish dirty tricks

A Body in Barcelona is a novel featuring a major terrorist attack organised by secret strata of the Spanish state in alliance with ultra-rightists nostalgic for Franco, in order to head off a Catalan Unilateral Declaration of Independence.

Chris Bambery.

‘Last autumn the Catalans LEFT THE BUILDING and they’re not coming back’

Along with George Kerevan, Bambery wrote the book, Catalonia Reborn: How Catalonia took on the corrupt Spanish state and the legacy of Franco.In Catalonia, independence supporters were impressed by the...

Kleptomaniac state

October 1, 2017, the General Strike against repression two days later, the Declaration of Independence and the December elections organised by Rajoy after imposing Direct Rule are the vivid contents of Catalonia Reborn

Tragedy in the Cathedral

Favourite for a Palafrugell literary prize in 1905, Josafat was then rejected because of its immorality. Its publication a year later caused an enormous scandal due to its anticlericalism and sex descriptions. It is now Prudenci Bertrana’s best-known book

Catalonia Crisis: A plea for dialogue

The Struggle for Catalonia is based on Minder’s experience as a journalist and some 200 interviews with politicians, singers, migrants, historians, campaigners, shop-keepers, journalists, academics and many others, from Jaime Mayor Oreja to Nachat el Hachmi.

Vicky hayward

Blunt and intimate recipes

How did you become so deeply involved with Altamiras?It was in the 1990s that I was given a copy of his book. His style of writing, informal, friendly and personal, but always serious about cooking and...

Women & Wine

Zoltan Nagy’s book, Reinas de Copas, describes the profiles of 50 women connected to wine production in Spain, some 23 of whom are Catalan

Joan Sales’ lesser known novel:

Winds of the night

Joan Sales wrote only two novels. The translation of his classic Incerta glòria (Uncertain Glory, 1971) was reviewed in Catalonia Today in October 2014. Winds of the Night is the sequel and, though it can be read independently, gains in interest if you have read Incerta glòria first

The autumn booklist

Autumn sees new books by Vicenç Pagès, Jordi Puntí and Lluís Llach, while among the most anticipated foreign authors are Paul Auster, Arundhati Roy and Ken Follet