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The Book of Barcelona
The Book of Barcelona

The Book of Barcelona

A City in Short Fiction


Reading the City


160 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: December 2021

ISBN 9781910974056

Rights: US & CA

Comma Press (Dec 2021)

Price: $14.95


A slighted wife escapes her wealthy family for the evening and stumbles into the city’s red-light district…The head of security at Barcelona’s container port searches for a figure that only he has seen sneak in…An elderly woman brings home a machine that will turn her body into atoms, so she can leave behind a city that is no longer recognisable…Historically, Barcelona is a city of resistance and independence; a focal point for Catalan identity, as well as the capital of Spanish republicanism. Nestled between the Mediterranean coast and mountains, this burgeoning city has also been home to some of the greatest names in modern art and architecture, and attracts visitors and migrants from all over the world.As a result, the city is a melting-pot of cultures, and the stories gathered here offer a miscellany of form and genre, fittingly reminiscent of one of Gaudi’s mosaics. From the boy-giant outgrowing his cramped flat on the city’s outskirts, to the love affair that begins in a launderette, we meet characters who are reclaiming the independence of their city by challenging common misconceptions and telling its myriad truths.

Author Biography

Manel Ollé (Barcelona, 1962) is a professor in the Humanities at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and in the Bloom School of Literature. He has published four books on poetry and a Catalan short stories anthology. He writes literary criticism in different media. He has translated Honoré de Balzac, Gao Xingjian, Pu Songling, and Chinese Classical Poetry. He has also published essays and articles on Chinese history.