Another two weeks and it is 23 April: Sant Jordi, and nowadays also World Book Day. So the perfect occasion to visit your local bookshop and buy or order some books and surprise your loved one (or yourself, of course) with works written by Catalan women poets and novelists.
If you do not master (sufficiently) the language, you can browse the catalogue of literary translations from Catalan into other languages on TRAC, the database of the Institut Ramon Llull, or ask your bookseller. Here are some suggestions.
In case you like to read fiction, look for
- Caterina Albert who wrote under the penname of Victor Català (Solitud)
- Maria Barbal (Pedra de tartera, País íntim)
- Carme Riera (Dins el darrer blau, La meitat de l’ànima)
- Mercè Rodoreda (La Plaça del Diamant, El carrer de les Camèlies, Jardí vora el mar, Mirall trencat)
- Montserrat Roig (Ramona, adéu, El temps de les cireres, La veu melodiosa)
or novels by a new generation of writers:
- Eva Baltasar ( Permagel, Boulder)
- Najat El Hachmi (L’últim patriarca, La filla estrangera)
- Marta Orriols (Aprendre a parlar amb les plantes)
- Marta Rojals (L’altra)
- Irene Solà (Bèstia, Canto jo i la muntanya balla)
- Tina Vallès (La memòria de l’arbre)
For poetry ideas:
- Montserrat Abelló
- Maria-Mercè Marçal
- anthologies (for example Survivors), in which appear poets like Maria Àngels Anglada, Clementina Arderiu, Mireia Calafell, Felícia Fuster, Rosa Leveroni, Dolors Miquel, Susana Rafart, etc.
Since the Middle Ages Saint George’s name day, and of course Saint Georgina’s as well, is celebrated on 23 April; Saint George being Catalonia’s patron saint. In those days men used to offer a red rose to their lover as a token of their affection. Nearly a century ago another practice was added and women gave their lover a book.
UNESCO has recognized this custom and turned it into an annual event: World Book Day. Fortunately today books are given as a present to women and men alike.