Josep Pla (1897–1981)

Author of The Gray Notebook

Includes the names: Josep Pla, José Pla, Pla Josep

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One Country, Three Languages: Literature from Spain
Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Monday, February 2 at 6pm
In partnership with New York Review Books, the Committee on Creative Writing, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Joan Coromines Chair of Catalan Studies, the Co-op proudly presents a translation panel on literature from Spain, centered around Peter Bush's award-winning new translation of Joseph Pla's Catalan masterpiece The Gray Notebook. Experts in Catalan, Spanish, and Basque translation join us for a discussion on the art of rendering into English a range of literatures representing the diverse cultures of Spain. Peter Bush, winner of the 2014 Ramon Llull Literary Translation Prize, Basque-English literary translator Amaia Gabantxo, and Words Without Borders editorial director Susan Harris team up to explain the intricacies of language and communication on the Iberian Peninsula and around the world. About the participants: Peter Bush is an award-winning translator who lives in England. Among his recent translations are Ramón del Valle-Inclan’s Tyrant Banderas and Josep Pla’s The Gray Notebook, both published by NYRB Classics, Teresa Solana’s Crazy Tales of Blood and Guts, Mercè Rodoreda’s In Diamond Square, Najat El Hachmi’s The Body Hunter and several books by Juan Goytisolo. He was won the 2014 Ramon Llull Literary Translation Prize, for the best book translated from Catalan, for The Gray Notebook. Amaia Gabantxo is a writer, a flamenco singer and literary translator specialized in Basque literature who graduated from the renowned MA in Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, in the UK. She currently teaches Basque language and literature and creative writing at the University of Chicago. Susan Harris is the editorial director of Words without Borders and the coeditor with Ilya Kaminsky of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry.


This event is part of a mini-symposium on Spanish literatures, "Translating the Literatures of Spain: The Gray Notebook and Beyond." Please join us for the following events on February 3rd at the University of Chicago: Tuesday, February 3, 12-1:30pm "Editing Translation – The Case of The Gray Notebook" (Open to public; students in Creative Writing and Romance Languages highly encouraged to attend) Logan Center, Room 801 Workshop participants to consider drafts and edits of passages from Josep Pla's The Gray Notebook as well as published versions in French and Spanish. Tuesday, February 3, 6 pm "On Becoming a Writer - Lecture on Josep Pla's The Gray Notebook" Logan Center, Seminar Terrace Room Josep Pla wrote his astonishing diary in 1918-1919 when he was twenty-one though it was only published in the 1966. He describes life in Barcelona and on the Costa Brava and the process of becoming a writer in a language that was both stateless and non-standardized yet with a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages This is the first work by Pla, a major European writer, to be translated into English.

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