Barcelona, España, 1982

Borja Bagunyà is one of the most outstanding authors from the new generation of Catalan writers. He holds a degree in literary theory and comparative literature, and his three published works have met with great praise from critics. When he was just 24 years old, his book of short stories Defensa pròpia won the Premio Mercè Rodoreda and Premio QWERTY. Since 2011, he has taught literary theory classes at the University of Barcelona, and he is co-founder of the Bloom Literature School, also in Barcelona.

  • "A genuine talent in the new wave of Catalan fiction."Albert Lladó, La Vanguardia
  • “Sublime... A narrative energy that plainly surpasses the artistic possibilities of the genre.” Sam Abrams
  • “An excellent volume of stories.” Ricard Ruiz Garzón, Qué Leer
  • Defensa pròpia is a book written with talent and a will to expand the possibilities of fiction, offering both an excellent show of literary strength and a promising future in prose”. Melcior Comes, Preséncia
  • “A notable mastery of the techniques of the genre, with an impeccable prose capable of making fiction credible.” Manel Ollé, El País
  • “Bagunyà would not exist without the work of Quim Monzó, Pàmies and Empar Moliner, but one must welcome new voices that dare to explore uncharted territories of the human comedy of literature.” Ponç Puigdevall, El País

Bibliography

Short stories and novellas

In a setting such as the Catalan literary scene, where there is no shortage of authors writing brilliant stories, Plantes d'interior has established Bagunyà as a landmark contemporary storyteller, spearheading a new generation of young talents. 

The characters in Plantes d’Interior are trapped in environments where they are in crisis: a baby grows to giant size inside a house; a family sees their lives and secrets reflected on a TV series; the members of a residents’ association alter their lives to accommodate what a travel guide has said about them. 

This book consolidates Borja Bagunyà as one of the most unique voices in the new Catalan narrative. 

La obra nos aproxima al universo interior de unos personajes moralmente ambiguos que se esfuerzan por explicarse a sí mismos. El autor exhibe su versatilidad al dar voz - con idéntica naturalidad - a una adolescente o a una jubilada. Los relatos de la obra desvelan las falacias y trampas con que enmascaramos nuestros discursos públicos y privados.

No se puede hacer el retrato de una ciudad sin prestar atención a las historias de las gentes que la habitan. Y es que, por un sortilegio, la ciudad tiene la inquietante capacidad de convertir a las personas en personajes. La ciudad que descubre este libro está hecha de egoísmos, amargas soledades, relaciones torturadas y sórdidas luchas de poder.

Anthology / Selection

Recopilación de cuentos de jóvenes autores catalanes.

Lolita Bosch reúne en este libro a 41 autores menores de 45 años que escriben en catalán y se insertan en una tradición común. La obra carece de vocación canónica, presentándose más bien como una biblioteca. O como una búsqueda íntima con la que Lolita Bosch pretende escuchar, descubrir y dialogar con otras voces de su generación. Borja Bagunyà participa con el relato Noche de lunes (Nit de dilluns).

Prizes

  • 2010 - Premio Fòrum Impulsa en Art i Cultura for his literary and creative talent
  • 2006 - Premio QWERTY (awarded by Omnium cultural) for the best new author for Defensa pròpia
  • 2006 - Premio Mercè Rodoreda for Defensa pròpia