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Mercè Ibarz

Mercè Ibarz is a storyteller, cultural critic, essayist and researcher who brings together different genres in all of her books. In Tríptic de la terra (Triptych of the Land, Anagrama, 2020), she explores with great expressive freedom the boundaries between literary genres, landscapes, and generations. The volume consists of La terra retirada (The Withdrawn Land, Quaderns Crema, 1993; Minúscula, 2009 and Anagrama, 2020), La palmera de blat (The Palm of Wheat, Quaderns Crema, 1995 and Anagrama, 2020), and the newly completed Labor inacabada (Unfinished Work, Anagrama, 2020). She has also published the short story collections A la ciutat en obres (In the City of Works, Quaderns Crema, 2002) and Febre de carrer (Street Fever, Quaderns Crema, 2005), as well as the novels No parlis de mi quan me’n vagi (Don’t Talk about Me When I Go, Empúries, 2010), and Vine com estàs (Come As You Are, Proa, 2013). Notable among her essays are her portraits of Mercè Rodoreda with works like Rodoreda: exili i desig (Rodoreda: Exile and Desire, Empúries, 2008), the collection of essays on cultural criticism brought together in L’amic de la Finca Roja (Friend of the Red Place, Tusquets, 2017), and her studies of Buñuel based on her PhD thesis. She has edited Sota el signe del drac. Proses crítiques (1985-1997) (Under the Sign of the Dragon: Critical Prose (1985-1997)) by Maria-Mercè Marçal which, first published in 2004 by Proa, has now appeared in a new edition by Comanegra (2020) with an expanded volume including her photographic Epilogue. For years, she has taught Art in the Communications Studies course at the Pompeu Fabra University, as well as working as a journalist since 1976. She presently writes for Vilaweb and El País.

Update: 2 December 2020


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