Articles by Azareen Van der Vliet & Leonardo Francalanci

Literary Journeys Through Catalonia: A Trip Through El Camp de Tarragona

December 26, 2012

“Beyond the shadow of a doubt certain natural artefacts have a density, a mystery, an intensity we often find in works of art.” —Maria Manent, Art, atzar, natura. I. After exploring Josep Pla’s Empordà and Mercè Rodoreda’s Barcelona, we decided to head south…...read more »

Articles by Azareen Van der Vliet & Leonardo Francalanci

Literary Journeys through Catalonia: Searching for Mercè Rodoreda’s Barcelona

April 30, 2012

With Mercè Rodoreda's novel La Placa del Diamant (translated as The Time of the Doves) in hand, we took a lulling hour-and-a-half train ride from Girona to the sprawling, modernist city of Barcelona. The distance between Girona, the capital of the rural province of Gironès to Barcelona,…...read more »

Articles by Azareen Van der Vliet & Leonardo Francalanci

Literary Journeys Through Catalonia: Through Josep Pla’s Empordà

March 7, 2012

“Landscape elucidates literature, because literature is the landscape’s memory through time.” —Josep Pla, Cartes de lluny The Empordà, the northernmost territory of the Province of Girona, stretches from the northern border of the Gironès to the French border, and…...read more »

Articles by Azareen Van der Vliet & Leonardo Francalanci

A New Series: Literary Journeys Through Catalonia

January 26, 2012

Throughout history writers have, again and again, undertaken journeys—journeys of the mind and actual journeys, traveling across their respective homelands as well as exploring more distant, foreign territories. They have traveled, one could argue, to feel captivated and reinvigorated by a sense…...read more »