Homage to Catalonia
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Orwell and journalism Homage to Orwell

June 8 is the CCCB and Pen Català's third edition of Orwell Day

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Ibizan festive fare

An antipodean writer joins in with the festivities of the ancient tradition of the pig slaughter and sausage making

David Izquierdo, in front of the Liceu opera house, one of the book's protagonists.  ALBERT SALAMÉ

Unknown Barcelona

The book Curioses històries de Barcelona invites readers to learn more about the city's mysterious side, explaining events and legends from Barcelona's 2,000-year history

Soller Pont de la Creu, on the road to Fornalutx.

A sad farewell

A British writer describes how she was forced to flee her beloved Mallorca at the outset of the Civil War

The cover of Mercè Rodoreda's The Diamond Square.

What was published in 2014? In English, life after drowning

With Catalonia's international profile rising, Catalan literature translated into English has finally arrived opening up a world of quality for all readers

Sant Jordi in Catalonia: Statue of the saint on the Pati dels Tarongers in the Palau de la Generalitat,  A. PUIG / J. RAMOS / A. GARCÍA

All about George Of knights and dragons

The Diada de Sant Jordi is these days dominated by the Catalan tradition of exchanging books for roses but the origins of the festival are rooted in the Saint George legend

Score to Song of Sybil. Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO-2010)

An eye for detail

A frequent sojourner to the Islands, Bessie Beckett wrote insightful observations of their life and traditions

The influential English novelist George Orwell.
Book of the month

“1984” - George Orwell

The writer takes a look at where Orwell did and did not get it right

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An Englishwoman in Valencia

Where are you originally from and where do you live now?I'm English, originally from the Surrey/Sussex area, though I lived in several other countries during a large part of my youth. Following a few years...

Book review

A disappointing second serving

Not without some interesting observations of the US lifestyle, Matthew Quicks' The Good Luck of Right Now does not live up to his earlier offering, The Silver Linings Playbook