Our Catalogue

Quim Monzó

Fourteen Cities Including Brooklyn

Request more information

Details

Quaderns Crema

February 2004

216 pages

Chronicles

Original Title: Catorze ciutats comptant-hi Brooklyn

In 1989 the Diari de Barcelona commissioned Quim Monzó to write a series of chronicles on the fall of the Communist regimes in Czechoslovakia and Rumania. Ceausecu had just been executed near Bucharest and, in Prague, the Velvet Revolution was filling the streets. Monzó paced through both of those cities, and his articles are a witness to the scepticism with which it is as well to take the grandiloquent rhetoric that accompanies historical events. Since then, Monzó has journeyed – for El Periódico and La Vanguardia – to other places of conflict: to New York where, in the very week of 11 September 2001, two airplanes crashed into the World Trade Centre; to Israel, in Spring 2002, during one of the great waves of suicide attacks. He has also written chronicles that verge on surrealism: playing the tourist in Barcelona, or travelling across Europe from one airport to another, without setting foot in the corresponding cities. The result is Fourteen Cities, Including Brooklyn, an unusual book that enables the reader to perceive how Monzó perfects his great powers of observation and the way he develops the narrative techniques necessary to enable us to take part in these five journeys between common sense and senselessness.

Discover other books from Quim Monzó

Details

Quaderns Crema

February 2004

1 pages

Chronicles