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15 essential voices of 2023

In 2023 we have experienced unrepeatable moments of inspiration and debate. We look at 15 conversations that have made us think, move and enjoy live culture.

Jeanette Winterson and Anna Guitart

Ghostly Intelligence

Jeanette Winterson, one of the most stunning creators in British literature today, talks with journalist Anna Guitart about ghost stories, to go back to the universal topic of love, and to question how technology affects our humanity.

Jarvis Cocker and Guillem Gisbert

Writing; Transforming the World

Jarvis Cocker,an icon of pop music and frontman of the band Pulp, reveals his more intimate side as it appears in his memoirs. Accompanied by Guillem Gisbert, one of the most important figures in the Catalan music scene, they talk of the literature and the music that is part of what makes up ...

Salman Rushdie and Lisa Appignanesi

The Victory of Words

The writer and thinker Lisa Appignanesi, former president of English PEN, speaks with Salman Rushdie about his condition after the ferocious attack of 2022, his latest book, Victory City, and his writing life. In Kosmopolis, we read from his work as a way of paying homage to an author who continues ...

Olga Tokarczuk

Literature, the Oldest of Continents

The 2018 Nobel Laureate in Literature Olga Tokarczuk speaks with the cultural journalist Xavi Ayén about her career and invites her listeners to think about literature as a territory in which to write another story for Europe.

Eva Illouz

Conversation with Eudald Espluga

Sociologist Eva Illouz and essayist Eudald Espluga talk about intimacy, emotions, and capitalism in a present in turmoil.

Eva Baltasar, Sara Mesa, Eider Rodríguez and Andrea Gumes

Family Lexicons

From different literary geographies that unfold in Catalan, Basque and Spanish, three of the most significant authors of their generation speak with journalist Andrea Gumes of the centrality of the concept of family in their works.

J. M. Coetzee and Valerie Miles

Europe and the world outside

The 2003 Nobel Literature Laureate J. M. Coetzee talks with writer and editor Valerie Miles about the visions of Europe in extra-European literature; the place of Russia inside (or outside) Europe; and the spread of English as a world language.

Maggie O'Farrell

The writer Maggie O'Farrell, the author of the award-winning Hamnet and one of the undisputed voices of Anglo-Saxon literature, talks to the journalist Anna Guitart on the occasion of the publication of her latest novel The Marriage Portrait.

Virginie Despentes, Alana S. Portero and Berta Gómez Santo Tomás

Despite everything

Two of the most vigorous representatives of contemporary feminism, the writers Virginie Despentes and Alana S. Portero talk with journalist Berta Gómez Santo Tomás about love, identity, the culture of cancellation and how to move forward despite everything.

Pankaj Mishra and Josep Massot

Reading the world, Looking Forward

Writer and essayist Pankaj Mishra talks with cultural journalist Josep Massot about the contradictions of a world marked by inequalities, the legacy of colonialism and the difficult understanding between the West and the global South.

Yásnaya Elena Aguilar Gil

Inhabiting Language

 Yásnaya Elena Aguilar Gil talks about the political and cultural situation of Mexico’s First Peoples and will invite her audience to imagine forms of coexistence that set aside monolingualism and open up to diversity. Where is a culture left when it can no longer be spoken ...

Cas Mudde

The Far Right Today

Tthe political scientist Cas Mudde presents the main conclusions of his book The Far Right Today (in Catalan, Ultradreta, Saldonar, 2020) and will discuss these issues and recent political events in Spain with the political scientist and expert on nationalism, Umut Özkırımlı.

Maria Stepanova

In memory of memory

The poet and essayist Maria Stepanova, one of the great figures of contemporary Russian literature, talks with the translator and curator of Other Voices, Other Russias, Jorge Ferrer about her work, a reflection on history and the mechanisms of memory.

Albert Serra

From desacralization to myth

Cinema and its relationship with hallowed figures have changed during the last 21st century. Filmmaker Albert Serra speaks with critic and journalist Violeta Kovacsics about the relationship between myth and religion in cinema.

Tania Bruguera

Art and Power

Artist Tania Bruguera, which work explores and denounces abuse of power and also strives to open new venues for political debate and the defense of collective freedom, joins cultural critic Alex Vicente in a conversation within the programme “Cultures d’Avenir”