BCNegra returns in person and with more than 100 authors

  • The Barcelona crime novel festival will feature an international series by, among others, Mike Herron, Irvine Welsh, Alan Parks, Dominique Manotti, Sergio Ramírez, Sara Bilotti and Charles Cumming, and numerous Spanish writers.

  • The Aliança del Poblenou Theater will be the epicenter of the event from 3 to 13 February, which justifies man against technology

repair attendance lost in 2021 due to the pandemic (there will be only a few live broadcasts), and with a deployment of 42 round tables, 53 activities and a staff of 170 participants, including 112 authorslike the brand new Carvalho Award, American Don Winslow, literary plague of drug cartels and police corruption, the BCNegra Fees will color again criminal black genre the Catalan capital from 3 to 13 February.

It will be down motto ‘Hier, môre’, and with a physical epicenter in the heart of the Poblenou, especially from the Aliança Theater, inaugurated in 1869, but also from another stage with tradition in Paral·lel, El Molino (from 1898), from where this Monday his curator, author Carlos Zanón, offered the programming an ambitious 17th edition.

‘tomorrow here’

It will once again regain its “extremely popular and human contact” character, the curator stressed, explaining that “Here, tomorrow”, which “claims man above technology when we can not understand it”. “It alludes to the possibility of meeting someone the next day without remembering the details of the appointment via whatsapp or message. Because technology can be violent and fascinating and so fast and incomprehensible that, since the present is already so precious, it does not allow us to imagine the future, and therefore we need a story of what happens to us and literature has always structured these stories. And the black novel helps us to see what is happening to our society, to our democracies, and how we are living in this time of instability. ”

From racism to suicide

So, this BCNegra will address issues like the rise of the extreme right and xenophobia and racist crimes, the sewer of the state, exile, humor in crime novels, family secrets, suicides, disappearances, gender of the 50s, crimes in urban and rural institutions… It will be through the reflection of 112 writers, “who will give their opinion on how we try to explain what is happening to us,” the curator adds. international names such as Charles Cumming, Mick Herron, Alan Parks, Håkan Nesser, Dominique Manotti, Sergio Ramirez, Irvine Welsh, Mike W. Craven, Chris Whitaker, Franck Bouysse or Sara Bilotti. And from the national scene, like Rosa Ribas, Eduardo Mendoza, Justo Navarro, Eugenio Fuentes, Lorenzo Silva, José Luis Correa, María Oruña, Elena Medel, Ricardo Menéndez Salmón, César Pérez Gellida, Toni Hill, Jordi Ledesma, Virginia Feito, Núria Bendicho, Hernán Migoya, Juarma, Màrius Serra, Andreu Martín, Kiko Amat, Mikel Santiago or the Carmen Mola trio.

Winslow, Carvalho Award

the icing, Don Winslow, who will receive the Carvalho Prize in the Saló de Cent of the City Hall on February 10, “one of the most powerful writers and very fit for years in the genre, with that world he created around drug trafficking and the border between Mexico and the United States, ”Zanón recalls.

BCNegra will maintain the traditional trio promoted by the curator to restore a writer – this time the British Ted Lewis, considered the forerunner of the revival of the genre in the UK – a book – a tragic Greek classic, ‘Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, probably “the first detective in history” –, and a character –Petra Delicado, the character created by Alicia Giménez Barlett, also present at the festival, “at a time when it was not so easy for the protagonist to be a policewoman” -.

Vazquez Montalban and Gonzalez Ledesma

And the festival will also be a double tribute to “two pioneers of the black genre”: Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, who is detective Pepe Carvalho would be 50 years since his first book, ‘I Killed Kennedy’, and Francisco González Ledesma, “a warrior, who had to publish under a pseudonym (Silver Kane) for a long time because the dictatorship forbade him to publish “, pa Commissioner Ricardo Mendez, to whom the exposition which will open the festival, at the Jaume Fuster Library, and which can be visited until April 3rd.

The transversality of BCNegra, promoted by the Barcelona Institute of Culture, can literally be seen on the Filmin platform, which will broadcast a selection of 19 genre films. There will also be performances at the Teatre l’Aliança (‘The Strategy of the Pekingese, based on the homonymous novel by Alexis Ravelo’), the Fort Pienc Civic Center, the MNAC or the La Bòbila Library.

Poetry, theater, music, comics …

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There will be no shortage of poetry (Slam poètic with Salva Soler and Dani Orviz), theater (premiere of a performance commissioned specifically for BCNegra around the figure of George Simenon and his Maigret), comics (with Albert Monteys and others writers), music (podcast and a performance by The New Raemon and Ricardo Lezón) The gastronomy (A Camilleri-Vázquez Montalbán mating in La Boqueria). Literary routes are doubled, the first weekend.

All this hope, Zanón concludes, “that there has not been a new pandemic wasted.”

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