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Galery of Nonconformists

Unconventional Literature

A selection of creators of literary artefacts that challenge conventions. Experimental novels, the mixing and fusion of genres, paths that fork off on the Internet, prodigious tales of famine and war, explorations of the minds of autistic savants, meta-literary fictions close to the truth. A kosmopolitan gallery to make the mind dance and the body think: a selection of Nonconformists at Kosmopolis.

Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves: Cult literature

What would happen if a house were larger on the inside than on the outside? This is the paradox that structures House of Leaves (La casa de hojas), the debut novel of American author Mark Z. Danielewski.

William T. Vollmann and Juan Francisco Ferré

Literature on The Edge

Juan Francisco Ferré, winner of the 2012 Herralde Prize and expert in US literature, talks to the author of Europe Central, The Rainbow Stories and The Royal Family about the origins and motivations of his work. An exciting talk with one of the foremost living exponents of high US literature.

Daniel Tammet and Màrius Serra

Change in an Extraordinary Mind

A conversation-game between writer and savant communicator Daniel Tammet and wordplay specialist Màrius Serra. Daniel Tammet is capable of learning any language in a week and can recite the decimals of the mathematical constant Pi for five hours, but his true gift is in knowing how to find (and above all, explain) the beauty that exists in numbers and words.

Lyudmila Petrushevskaya

There Once Lived a Woman...

Writer and dramatist, cabaret singer and animation scriptwriter, Lyudmila Petrushevskaya is a great lady of Russian letters. Her work is an unusual combination of dark fairy tale and asphyxiating realism.

Teju Cole and Enrique Vila-Matas

The Errant Novel

Enrique Vila-matas and Teju Cole talki with Jordi Nopca about their latest novels Mac y su contratiempo (Seix Barral) and Cada día es del ladrón (Acantilado) and reflect on the genesis of a work that finds its reference elements far from the most immediate linguistic tradition and that proposes, at the same time, writing as a reflection on itself.

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. 

Robert Coover

Cave Writing: Cave Writing: New Adventures in Mot-Town

Ever since his pioneering workshops in hyperfiction at Brown University in 1990-91 Robert Coover has reflected on the fate of the word in cyberspace in occasional articles which extend from The End of Books (1992) to Homeward Bound: Adventures in Mot-Town (2002). Illustrated with various audiovisual aids, his lecture is about the main landmarks along this road and his current experiences in virtual reality.

Sergio Chejfec

Narrating Google. Writing workshop

How has Google affected cinema, literature, photography, and contemporary art? The Internet and its evolution through refined browsers and search and representation systems have changed our sensitivity towards things in general and the territory in particular. The cartography of the physical world has acquired an additional fold: that of its interactive representation.