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Nobel Laureates in Literature at CCCB

The written word is one of the focal points of programming at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. Over its thirty-year history, the centre has become a meeting point for writers from all over the world, both new and well established. 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

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 Nobel Literature laureate Olga Tokarczuk speaks 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 History

We take a closer look at the life and literary career of Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 201, through a dialogue with writer Francesc Serés, who is well-versed in her work. 

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 for Literature in 2009.

Orhan Pamuk

In conversation with journalist Pepa Fernández

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 ...

J.M. Coetzee

Diary of a bad year

The Nobel Prize laureate J. M. Coetzee read, exclusively for Kosmopolis, some fragments from his book Diary of a Bad Year.

Gao Xingjian

After the Deluge

"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 ..." These words of Gao Xingjian, the Nobel ...

Mario Vargas Llosa

Wars at the 21st century

The author of such memorable novels as The Time of the Hero, Captain Pantoja and the Special Service, Death in the Andes or The Feast of the Goat, took part in the literature festival Kosmopolis 2004, where he gave his view of the wars that are laying waste to the 21st century.