Quim Monzó Born 1952

Quim Monzó is a contemporary Catalan writer of novels, short stories and discursive prose, mostly in Catalan.

Quim Monzó (Catalan pronunciation: ; born 24 March 1952 in Barcelona, Spain) is a contemporary Catalan writer of novels, short stories and discursive prose, mostly in Catalan. In the early 1970s, Monzó reported from Vietnam, Cambodia, Northern Ireland and East Africa for the Barcelona newspaper Tele/eXprés. He lives in Barcelona and publishes regularly in La Vanguardia.His fiction is characterized by an awareness of pop culture and irony. His other prose maintains this humor. One collection of his essays, Catorze ciutats comptant-hi Brooklyn, is notable for its account of New York in the days immediately following September 11. In collaboration with Cuca Canals, he wrote the dialogue for Bigas Luna's Jamón, jamón. He has also written El tango de Don Joan, with Jérôme Savary.In 2007 he wrote and read the opening speech at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the year in which Catalan culture was the guest. Monzó designed an acclaimed lecture written as if it was a short story. It differed completely from traditional speeches. Of December 2009 to April 2010 it took place in the Arts Santa Mònica Gallery in Barcelona a great retrospective exhibition on his life and his work, called Monzó.

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