Along the way they found groups of people, entire families who had sought shelter under the trees. They were shipwrecked warriors who with questioning eyes seemed to ask, what had happened, why they were there, why they now slept in the open, why they had no food to give their children. Those who at one time thought they had the answers, now could not say when things began to twist, to the point of burning the earth and drown it in blood. This is a small fragment of the last book I just published (Spanish and Catalan) dedicated to all those who lived the SpanishRead More →
Well, it’s already Friday, dammit as time goes on! It has been a normal week, On Monday I stayed for lunch with some friends, I went by train because leaving the car in the parking lot, it is very expensive and as they say that we are on the verge of a cataclysm, maybe is better to save a little, I think. However, I have some weaknesses. I am not one of those women who always spend time buying rags, absolutely. However, I have weakness for any particular brand like Uniqlo. Uniqlo that has recently opened shop in Barcelona. The first one in Spain, what a coincidence.Read More →
This post has originally published in May 2014 since then things have changed, however, not always to the best. Now I recover it because I think it illustrates so well one of the details that are usually overlooked especially beyond the Pyrenees. The original title was: European elections – What has happened in Catalonia? I was not planning to discuss yesterday’s elections, but thinking about my daughter, who lives in the UK and bearing in mind that the UK newspapers will be very busy with their own results, and that the BBC will spend no more than five minutes talking about the results in Europe andRead More →
The path of freedom is not always easy. However, when it is done with so many people it’s always nice. The performance of the National Court has come at a time where someone may have thought that it could be a determining factor to overturn the will of a people expressed in the ballot box. Spain has rejected the paths of politics and dialogue a thousand times. Today, the Spanish government has rejected the invitation of President Puigdemont to give an opportunity for dialogue in the next two months. Spain is a strong State and has all the mechanisms of power to try to impose its truth. WeRead More →
Today, in the account of Manuel Huerga in Facebook, I found this compilation of “amorous” sentences dedicated to Catalunya from XVII Century, that I wanna share with you. AUTHOR: JOSEP MIQUEL BAUSSET, Monk of the Monastery of Montserrat. ‘As long as there is only one Catalan in Catalonia, and stones in the deserted fields, we must have enemies and war.’ (Francisco de Quevedo, 1640) ‘We must reduce Catalonia to Castilian customs and traditions. (Conde-Duque de Olivares, 1641) Books in Catalan should not be allowed in schools. Neither write nor speak in that language and that Christian doctrine must be learned in Castillian (Spanish) FelipeRead More →
New Book on Amazon – only available in Spanish or Catalan
LA TRASTIENDA only in Catalan or Spanish
Only available in Spanish or Catalan. BARCELONA EN GUERRA. Este podría haber sido un buen título para este libro. Pero, aun siendo la ciudad parte fundamental de la historia, plenamente reconocible en sus calles y comercios, aun así, su papel seguiría siendo el de mero escenario, por el que deambulan los verdaderos protagonistas. Gente sencilla que no sabe de banderas ni ideales, gente sin tiempo ni lugar porque sus vidas, por sencillas, son universales.
A ellos les tocó vivir un tiempo tan extraordinario como cruel, un tiempo que muy probablemente hubieran preferido no tener que vivir, o vivirlo de otra manera.
Ellos a la vida solo le pedían cosas tan simples pero en ocasiones tan difíciles, como pasear por la calle del brazo de la persona amada, poder sentarse a la mesa junto a su familia y tener algo que poner en ella o poder poner a sus hijos a dormir, sabiendo que las bombas no perturbarán su descanso.
Los protagonistas de esta historia, de cuyas experiencias reales se nutre este libro, son parte de aquellos cobardes que, desde la trastienda de la historia, lograron sobrevivir a una guerra sangrienta y a una paz con sabor de venganza.
Esas cosas que conforman el día a día, el mio personal o el de mucha más genteRead More →
Lugares y personas que intento ver, conocer y entender; cuando no estoy en casaRead More →