Andrés Trapiello & Jordi Gracia

Literatura y guerra civil: Las armas y las letras 25 años después


15 Nov 2019



About the event: 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of Las armas y las letras, the book in which Andrés Trapiello approached from a new and innovative perspective the study of the literature written and read during the years of the Spanish Civil War. The book immediately became a landmark for the study of the Spanish literature of that period. On the occasion of this 25th anniversary, and also to mark the new edition of Las armas y las letras this year, Andrés Trapiello will have a conversation with Jordi Gracia Professor of the University of Barcelona and expert in contemporary Spanish literature and history, about what Las armas y las letras meant, and still means, for our knowledge of those crucial years of Spain's recent history and of the literature written and read back then.

About the speakers: Andrés Trapiello is one of the most important Spanish writers of our times. He has written 10 novels and eight books of poetry, for which he has obtained public recognition and important prizes. He has also written a large number of essays, most of them on the Spanish literature of the first half of the 20th century, among them Las armas y las letras. He has written essays on Juan Ramón Jiménez, Unamuno, Pío Baroja and Cervantes. He is also the author of the diary Salón de Pasos Perdidos, an "ongoing novel", as he defines it, a fascinating mix of life and literature, of which 22 volumes have been published.


Jordi Gracia is Professor of Spanish literature at the University of Barcelona. His field of expertise is Modern Spanish culture and literature, especially under Franco’s regime and during the period of transition to democracy. He has published many books on the subject, among them La resistencia silenciosa. Fascismo y cultura en España (2006), which won the prestigious Anagrama Essay Prize. His is a usual presence in the pages of the Spanish newspaper El País and its culture supplement Babelia.

Logistics: The colloquium will be in Spanish and it will take place at Magdalen College's Auditorium, on Friday 15 Nov 2019, from 17.00 to 18.00 There will be plenty of time for a Q&A with the speakers.