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The City of Marvels (1986) by Eduardo Mendoza (1943-).  The novel, which was a bestseller in Spain, chronicles the adventure of a young farmer from the countryside to the economically depressed city of Barcelona between the years of 1888 to 1929.

Olivetti, Moulinex, Chafoteaux et Maury (1980) by Quim Monzó (1952-).  A collection of 16 humorous short stories, which won the 1981 Catalan Critics´Prize.  Quim Monzó currently writes regularly for Barcelona’s daily newspaper La Vanguardia and is also known for his collection of essays, Catorze ciutats comptant-hi Brooklyn, following the tragedy of September 11th in New York City.

El quadern gris (“The gray book”) (1966) by Josep Pla (1987-1981).  Josep Pla was a controversial Catalan journalist and author during post-civil war Spain.  The gray book is a type of biographical account of daily events and his obsession with writing.

La plaça del diamant (“The diamond square”) (1962), Mercè Rodoreda (1909-1983).   Mercè Rodoreda was arguably one of the most important Catalan writers during post-civil war Spain.  The diamond square tells the story of a girl living in Spain after the war and her acceptance of change. 

Other notable Catalan authors:

Augustí Bartra (1908-1982)
Pere Calders (1912-1994)
Josep Carner (1884-1970)
Salvador Espriu (1913-1985)
Gaziel (1887-1964)
Àngel Guimerà, (1845-1924)
Joan Maragall (1860-1911)
Ramon Muntaner (c. 1270-1336)
Narcís Oller (1846-1930)
Manuel de Pedrolo (1918-1990)
Carles Riba (1893-1959)
Jacint Verdaguer (1845-1902)

Literature events in Barcelona:

Barcelona Book Market
During this annual event, the street of Passeig de Gràcia is lined with stands selling used and antique books.  Catalan and foreign titles available.
When: Sep-Oct 2009 (annual)
Where: Passeig de Gràcia

Sant Jordi
On this day, which is the American equivalent to Valentine’s Day, men give roses to women and women give a book to men as gifts.  The city is filled with stands selling roses and books. 
When: April (annual)
Where: various locations throughout Barcelona

Barcelona Poetry
During this weeklong event in Barcelona, various venues celebrate poetry with readings, workshops, and other special events. 
When: May (annual)
Where: various locations throughout Barcelona
Web: www.bcn.cat/cultura/barcelonapoesia/2009/index.htm

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