This issues quiz is on Barcelona - its native writers and those who have written about it. The winner will receive a recently reissued copy of The Lonely Hearts Club by Raul Nuñez, complements of Serpents Tail publishers in the U.K. Set in Barcelona during the 1980s, Nuñezs short novel (originally titled Sinatra) is a bittersweet tale of a down-on-his-luck native who roams the seedy side of the city.
In case of a tie, a name will be drawn. Answers can be sent to TBR until August 31, 2002.
The Lonely Hearts Club
This writer fought in the Spanish Civil War and trained soldiers in
Barcelona. Later, he wrote a now classic account of this time, recording
his growing disillusionment with the war. The writer is . . .
4. Somerset Maugham once said of this Barcelona street
that it was the most beautiful in the world. Its still the most popular walk in the
city. . .
5. This feminist writer, for many years director of the
Barcelona publishing house Lumen, did not publish her own work until 1978 at age 42. This
first novel (El mismo mar de todos los veranos / The Same Sea as Every Summer),
part one of a trilogy now translated into English, deals with a short but happy lesbian
relationship between the narrator, a middle-age woman abandoned by her husband, and Clara,
a devoted young woman. Who is the author?
6. He has lived outside Spain for most of his life, but was born in Barcelona in 1931 and grew up in the city during the Civil War, which claimed the life of his mother. Hes now considered Spains greatest living writer and the Civil War forms the theme of his latest collection, The Garden of Secrets. Who is he?
7. Which South American author once said of Barcelona:
"Ugly, vulgar, strident. Rectangular and filthy . . ."?
8. During the early 1970s two South American writers of
el boom were neighbors in Barcelona. One was García Márquez and the other was . .
9. Carmen Laforets autobiographical first novel
(1944) describes the spiritual desolation of a country emerging from civil war. It was
translated into English in 1964 as Andrea, but the original title is . . .
10. The authors mentioned above all wrote in Castilian,
but of course Barcelona has a wealth of Catalan writers as well. Probably the most
translated of the twentieth-century Catalan writers is the author of La Plaça del
Diamant (published in English as The Time of the Doves, 1962), which is set in
Barcelona and covers some thirty years, from the late 1920s through the Spanish Civil War
and the Second World War. The author is . . .
11. Considered by many to be Catalans most famous
twentieth-century poet, he has been translated into many languages . . .
12. The following authors are all popular contemporary
Spanish writers. Which one - now widely translated - is Barcelonas own?
tbr 31 july - august 2002
|Short Fiction||Laura Hird: Of Cats and Women
Rusty Haight: Strange Things Afoot...
John Michael Cummings: Visiting My Dead Friend
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Enrique Ferrari: Half an Hour
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George Saunders: Sea Oak
Juan Goytisolo: Khaa and Ghayn
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