ARTS

How Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé made musical history

The lead singer of Queen and the Spanish soprano, who died on Saturday aged 85, wowed the music world with their duet ‘Barcelona’

Interview | Byung-Chul Han

“In Orwell’s ‘1984’ society knew it was being dominated. Not today”

Speaking in Barcelona, South Korean philosopher Byung-Chul Han argues social values have been eroded by consumerist culture

municipal politics

Barcelona City Council removes bust of King Juan Carlos from chamber

Symbolic move in contravention of law requiring image of the monarch in all such areas Removal of work coincided with visit of new Spanish king, Felipe VI, to the Catalan capital

LITERATURE

Planeta Novel Prize honors Clara Sánchez and ex-minister González-Sinde

Publishing house names ‘El cielo ha vuelto’ as its Spanish book of the year

OBITUARY

Adieu to literature’s errant knight

Philologist and 'Don Quixote' expert Martí de Riquer dies at the age of 99

DIADA HISTORY

Why do Catalans celebrate on September 11?

1714 siege of Barcelona was the final scene of the bloody War of Spanish Succession

New Reads

Dalí and Lorca’s games of seduction

'Querido Salvador, Querido Lorquito' is a new book compiling the passionate correspondence between the two young geniuses from 1925 to 1936

HISTORY

Private Xie Weijin versus General Francisco Franco

Around 100 Chinese nationals joined the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939

LITERATURE

“Juvenile crime is the black hole of the Transition; heroin was our war”

After dissecting the 1981 coup in his previous work, Javier Cercas’ latest novel seeks out a story that made few headlines

OBITUARY

Proustian grand dame of Spanish publishing

Esther Tusquets, purveyor of literary greats, dies in Barcelona aged 75

LITERATURE

Using language like a battering ram

Barcelona show examines painful life of Nobel Prize-winning writer Herta Müller

CULTURE

The 15-M publishing explosion

In its 12 months of existence, the protest movement has not only spawned its own literary phenomenon, but also boosted sales of essays and classics

BOOKS

A day in the life of San Jordi

An hour-by-hour tour around Barcelona as it honors Saint George The April 23 festival is a key date for Catalonia’s book and rose sellers