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Kosmopolis. Continuous Programme 2017

Literary activities series

The Kosmopolis Continuous Programme is a programme of dialogues, workshops, conferences and concerts that over the course of the year and between the different editions, keeps alive the spirit of the biennial festival Kosmopolis, whose ninth edition was held from 22 and 26 March 2017.

Colson Whitehead Answers the Proust Questionnaire

Taking advantage of the visit as part of the Kosmopolis continuous programme by Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad  (National Book Award 2016 and Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017), we put to him the Proust Questionnaire in order to find out some aspects and interesting curiosities of his personality.

Colson Whitehead

A talk with the author of “The Underground Railroad: A Novel”

The writer Llucia Ramis talks with New York writer Colson Whitehead, author of six novels and several non-fiction works, who made his debut in 1999 with The Intuitionist and presents his book The Underground Railroad: A Novel (2016). The Underground Railroad narrates the escape of a slave girl from a plantation and her journey through different states in the south of the United States on board an allegorical train that refers to the clandestine network that helped slaves escape during the 19th century. With this tale about the violence of slavery and the drama of escape ...

Translation Slam

Live battle of translations

To celebrate International Translation Day 2017 CCCB presents a live battle between two translators who defend two different versions in Catalan of a single text. The translation in question is that of the first pages of Nikhterinó Deltio, an untranslated detective novel by Greek author Petros Markaris.

Karl Ove Knausgård

A conversation with Antonio Lozano

Conversation with the Norwegian writer, author of My Struggle, about his literary work. Karl Ove Knausgård (Oslo, 1968) made his publishing debut in 1998 with Ute av verden (Out of the World), a novel highly acclaimed by critics and readers that earned him the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature.

Karl Ove Knausgård Answers the Proust Questionnaire

Taking advantage of the visit as part of the Kosmopolis continuous programme by Karl Ove Knausgård, one of the most relevant voices in contemporary literature today and considered by some critics as the 21st-century Proust, we put to him the famous French author's questionnaire.

Discovering the North

Special session on Canadian literature

This sample will offer us a first-hand acquaintance with the broad range of voices that form the country’s literary scene. It presents four literary figures with highly diverse origins, works and professional careers, ranging from the established and consolidated author to the new young talent, from the novel to prose and from French-speaking Canada to English-speaking Canada.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

Africa, Writing and Emancipation

In recent centuries western states have taken over as the world centre of cultural power. The renowned Kenyan writer and academic Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o suggests that this centralised influence should be devolved to the different cultural spheres around the planet.

Teju Cole and Enrique Vila-Matas

Continuous Programme Kosmopoolis 17. 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.

The McEwan Moment

Journalist Antonio Lozano interviews British writer Ian McEwan

Considered one of the finest British writers writing today and acclaimed by critics and readers alike, Ian McEwan presents his latest book Nutshell. Journalist Antonio Lozano talks with him on the occasion of the presentation of his latest work, a story of murder and deception that takes place under the ascendant of Hamlet and that concedes the narrative voice to a foetus.