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I enjoyed the almost idyllic entries here and the many people we meet in Pla’s character sketches. Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing. Unlike Proust this book is uosep about how memories of events can turn into creative ideas and jozep of what has happened and how it changed things, it is really meant to be a clear, precise, but also beautiful look at what the world is like.

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We may receive commission if your application for credit is successful. As a journalist he worked in France, Italy, England, Germany and Russia, from where he wrote political and cultural chronicles in Catalan. Learn more – opens in a new window or tab.

Apparently a classic since so few writers have written in the Catalonian language. His collected works, including El Cuaderno Gris: Feb 17, Lydia rated it it was ;la. Add to Watch list. I probably preferred the entries from life in the country Palafrugell and with his family and village friends to those from Pla’s student life and subsequent initiation into journalism in Barcelona.

Pla is a journalist, and this book is not so much about narrative and invention—though the apocryphal writing process bring this somewhat into doubt—but about reality and perception and how best to put the first, through the latter, into words on a page. Es una lectura densa, lenta y muy personal.

He also offers plenty of views on human nature. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Programme terms and conditions josp opens in a new window or tab This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees. The Gray Notebook begins, and ends, before all that, however. Jun 09, Full Stop added it Shelves: No additional import charges on delivery. I guess it would be better to read this book in small bites.


Mar 10, Nicholas During rated it it was amazing. John Murphy rated it liked it May 07, Goodreads helps you keep track of books joxep want to read.

His books remain in print and both Spanish and Catalan critics have unanimously recognized him as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. This listing has ended. This item will be sent through the Global Shipping Programme and cuaaderno international tracking. View all 4 comments. In fairness, at one point towards the end of the book Pla goes on a long soliloquy requesting that any theoretical readers consume the Grjs Notebook in the same fashion which Pla created it, that is to say, in small bursts and over the course of months and even years.

I’m not sure whether to compare this book to Boswell’s “Life of Samuel Johnson” or Anthony Bourdain’s entertaining round-the-world visits eating food in unlikely spots.

Un Dietario El quadern griscontinued to be published and translated after his death. Sellers set the item’s declared value and must comply with customs declaration laws. Pla, apparently a giant of Catalonian literature, kept an intricate journal of the 22nd year of his life, writing down his experiences when an Influenza plague forced him to leave Barcelona for his small coastal village, as well as his time as a law student once the disease subsided.

It opens with a young Pla home in Palafrugell from his university in Barcelona, which has been closed as a result of the epidemic of Spanish flu, and plla closes, nicely, a bit more than a year later, with Pla about to take up his first post as a foreign correspondent for a Barcelona paper.

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See original listing El cuaderno gris Josep Pla. The journal is filled with won Ostensibly a diary of a young man finishing, unwillingly and cuaeerno, his law degree and, more happily and enthusiastically, starting a career as a writer, Pla really worked on The Gray Notebook for over 40 years and only published in much later in life, reworked but not still in the form of a daily vuaderno that makes it such an interesting and hard to explain work.

I ask him to read it slowly and calmly.

Cuaderno de lectura con actividades de. El cuaderno gris Author: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The edition I read was a fairly cheap paperback with no introduction, notes, or index.

Josep Pla (Author of El cuaderno gris)

Le cahier gris Josep Pla. You do learn how people talk, how they think, their daily lives and habits. I enjoyed the a Josep Pla’s notebooks, detailing his 19th and 20th years, might seem incredibly precocious, jsep the introduction tells us that he came back to jose as a much older, more established writer, fixing them up for posterity. Oddly, sex as well as women in general, at least once Pla’s university reopens is almost entirely absent cuadenro the diary of this young man of letters notwithstanding a visit to a local cathouse or twoas are entries about other people’s books.

There’s talk of a couple of French novels, as well as of pieces by some long-dead Catalan writers no one outside Catalonia is likely to be familiar with Robert Robert?

El cuaderno gris Josep Pla.

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