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Nobel Laureates in Literature at CCCB

The written word is one of the focal points of programming at the CCCB. Over its thirty-year history, the centre has become a meeting point for writers from all over the world. Here is a list of the conferences by the Nobel Laureates in Literature who have spoken at the CCCB.


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.

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.

Svetlana Alexievich

The Voices of Europe

Svetlana Alexievich speaks about the future we can imagine for Europe from a perspective forged in the east of the continent and permeated by the polyphonic chorus of witnesses who have populated her long career as a journalist and writer.

Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk is a leading author due to his approach to the differences between Western and Eastern culture. His work shows us the essence of a country that has forged its identity while combining tradition and modernity. During the Kosmopolis Continuous Programme 2018, Pamuk presented the novel The ...

Svetlana Alexievich

The Voices of History

We take a closer look at the life and literary career of Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, through a dialogue with writer Francesc Serés. 

Herta Müller

Language as Homeland

The Romanian writer Herta Müller talks with the translator and literary critic Cecilia Dreymüller. Herta Müller’s work as a poet and fiction writer was recognised with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2009.

Orhan Pamuk

The Future of the Museum and of the Novel

Orhan Pamuk, one of the main contemporary Turkish writers and 2006 Nobel laureate in literature, reflects on the future of Museums and Literature.

Gao Xingjian

After the Deluge

The Chinese writer Gao Xingjian, the Nobel Laureate in Literature in 2000, speaks on the raison-d'être of literature and the sacrifices involved in defending creative literature against abuses of political and mass-media power. These words sum up his speech to be given on the inauguration of Kosmopolis 2008: "When literature becomes a hymn of praise for a country, the flag of a nation, the voice of a political party or mouthpiece of a class or group, it can be used as a powerful and crushing instrument of propaganda, but it loses its intrinsic nature. ...

Mario Vargas Llosa

Wars at the 21st century

Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature, took part in the literature festival Kosmopolis 2004, where he gave his view of the wars that are laying waste to the 21st century.