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Punk, Europe, Sherlock and Shakespeare

This month's main feature focuses on the punk movement, whose legacy is still alive 40 years on. We take a look at what punk meant as a cultural phenomenon, from its birth in 1976, through the experience of Catalans who were in London at the time (see the interview with Jordi Valls and his brother Marc on pages 22-24), and the influence it has had on music, art and cinema.

This month is also the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, when the embryo of our modern Europe became reality. Six decades later, issues such as Islamist terrorism, Eurosceptic populism and Brexit, are just some of the enormous challenges facing the European Union (see pages 20-21). This is also a subject we talk to Romanian writer and poet Mircea Cartarescu about, who was in Barcelona last month to give a lecture on the future of Europe at the CCCB.

As a novelty in the books pages, we introduce a new monthly series on the relationship between medicine and literature, by Daniel Palomeras, a retired GP and writer, and author of the Diccionari mèdic essencial. Also in Books, don't miss the review of Joan Sellent's collection of his translations of Shakeaspeare's plays, a volume published by the digital publication Núvol, on its fifth anniversary. Have a good read, send us your feedback, and stay tuned!

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