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
  • “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. 

Plantes d’interior is thirteen short stories (or the same story in thirteen steps. Or a novel that does not know how to behave. Or thirteen variations about something that is not a story nor a novel) about various types of giants, celebrations that do not end, BIG WHITE BLESSINGS, ideal ways to write nothing about Katherine Mansfield, about the problems of feeling exotic, about visionary television series, about the price of putting a price on something, about the impossibility of not betraying certain things, about life in a furniture house, about Japanese lacquer, carnivorous theses, drawings on the floor, the company plants and about this thing to get home and find it too crowded, or too empty, too similar or changed too much and suddenly want to be somewhere else.

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. 

"The most interesting thing about Plantes d'interior is the tension between physical space and language. There is an emphasis on the strangeness and monstrosity that goes from the first to the last story." Albert Lladó, La Vanguardia

The story brings us closer to the inner universe of morally ambiguous characters who strive to explain themselves. The author exhibits his versatility by giving voice - with equal naturalness - to a teenage girl or a pensioner. The short stories in this work reveal the fallacies and pitfalls with which we mask our public and private discourses. Defensa propia is one of the most promising literary debuts of recent years. Borja Bagunyà has achieved the Mercè Rodoreda prize with work of surprising maturity that dazzles for its strength and imagination.

One cannot make a portrait of a city without knowing the stories of the people that live there, precisely because, among many other things, the city has the worrying capacity to turn people into characters. The city that is discovered in this book is made of selfishness, bitter solitudes, tortured relationships and power struggles. There are also writers incapable of overcoming a first work, suicidal at metros, grandmas who lose their memory and adolescents with extraordinary clarity. Even the terrible story of a family of murderers, the inability to escape memory, the tortuous relationship between a biographer and his biographied and the detailed description of madness will be found. But since the portrait of a whole city is an unattainable task, the eight stories in this collection must be received as the eight notes of the writer's city, a city that joins and separates, defines and contradicts and, like all the great ones, engenders the monsters that occupy the corners. 

Apunts per al retrat d’una ciutat is the extraordinary debut of Borja Bagunyà; a debut written at the age of nineteen and was a finalist of the 2002 Mercè Rodoreda Award.

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