From Barcelona UNESCO City of Literature

Raül Garrigasait

Raül Garrigasait

Després de la revolta, amb tot el que hem viscut i el que hem après sobre el poder, ja no podem ser els mateixos. No s’oblida fàcilment la sensació de tocar la llibertat amb la punta dels dits. I ara aquesta sensació també ens obliga a decidir què en volem fer. Les revoltes fracassades s’esfumen dins un núvol de nostàlgia. Les revoltes útils són el ferment del futur.

 

After the revolt, with all we’ve been through and all we’ve learnt about power, we’ll never be the same. It’s hard to forget the feeling of touching freedom with your fingertips. Now, this feeling is forcing us to decide what to do with it. Failed revolts evaporate into a cloud of nostalgia. Useful revolts are the seeds of the future.

Raül Garrigasait: Dies que duraran anys / Days that will last for years

 

Raül Garrigasait (Solsona, 1979) is a philologist, translator, writer and publisher. Recently he was awarded the “Premi Llibreter” (Bookseller’s award) for his novel Els estranys (Edicions de 1984). He had previously published the essay “El gos cosmopolita” (A Contravent).

The quote above is from the book Days that Will Last for Years brings together a series of images and texts by photographers and writers that experienced the events and days around October 1st 2017 in Barcelona when Catalan people guarded ballot boxes and papers and showed peaceful resistance against police and political violence. 

Barcelona UNESCO City of Literature

READ THE WORLD

Read the World is an exhibition of texts from nineteen UNESCO Cities of Literature around the world. It opens at the Reykjavík City Hall on October 10, 2018 and lasts until October 31st.  The exhibition honours Iceland‘s centenary as a sovereign nation and the texts all ponder on the topics of freedom – whether of thought, mind or speach –, independence or rebellion.
The Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature hopes that the exhibition encourages people to think about these important issues and their meaning for us as individuals and nations. The event also highlights the importance of intercultural dialogue and the invaluable contribution of foreign artists and cultural currents for Icelandic culture, sovereignty and developement, past and present. The event also highlights the importance of intercultural dialogue and the invaluable contribution of foreign artists and cultural currents for Icelandic culture, sovereignty and developement, past and present.