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 four 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 show of literary strength.” Melcior Comes 
  • “Borja Bagunya’s first novel exudes bile and genius.” El Periódico
  • “One must welcome new voices that dare to explore uncharted territories of the human comedy of literature.” Ponç Puigdevall, El País

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Packed with pitiless, corrosive humour, Els angles morts is the confirmation of the enormous talent of one of the most striking and original voices in Catalan fiction.

Sesé and Morella have been married for more than twenty years and understand each other perfectly. Her supervision of an unusual birth while on night duty prompts Sesé, an eminent gynaecologist, to begin to reconsider not only the routine in which she has been trapped for years but also the deeper meaning of medical practice and the motives underlying her own professional work.

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Packed with pitiless, corrosive humour, Els angles morts is the confirmation of the enormous talent of one of the most striking and original voices in Catalan fiction.

Sesé and Morella have been married for more than twenty years and understand each other perfectly. Her supervision of an unusual birth while on night duty prompts Sesé, an eminent gynaecologist, to begin to reconsider not only the routine in which she has been trapped for years but also the deeper meaning of medical practice and the motives underlying her own professional work.

At her side, Morella, a cynical lecturer who works at the University of Barcelona, has buried the initial enthusiasm that determined his literary vocation in his youth and now lives stubbornly obsessed with the infighting that goes on among the teaching staff and the political manoeuvring needed to move up in the teaching hierarchy. 

What at first seems like another temporary work crisis, one of the couple's favourite themes when it comes to displaying their rich rhetorical repertoire as they fight the world from the sofa at home, will push the marriage towards an unusual existential crossroads in which something much more important than their future careers is in play: the entire meaning of the years lived and the mark they want to leave with their passing.

“An excellent show of literary strength.” Melcior Comes 

“Borja Bagunya’s first novel exudes bile and genius.” Valèria Gaillard, El Periódico

 “A literary work that tackles the mayor themes of birth, love and death with the disturbing touch of a Michael Haneke.” Vicenç Pagès Jordà, La República 

“Thanks to the similes, the metaphors and the adjectivisation – thanks to literature, Bagunyà works the miracle of drawing the reader into the intensity of human consciousness and linking up the irrational sensations that produce the indescribable reality of things.” Ponç Puigdevall, El País

“A totipotent novel. […] Cathedral-like!" Màrius Serra, La Vanguardia

"The cult hit of this World Book Day." Julià Guillamón, La Vanguardia

“A caustic and brilliant existential cascade” El Temps

“A voracious, yet elegant, critique of the establishment.” Diari de Tarragona

“The dead angles of a brilliant and demanding literature in Catalan…” El Periódico

“Borja Bagunyà shuns comfortable narrative moderation, rejecting the conception of the novel as a simple series of cartoons made with words. […]. Dead Angles is a challenge to read; the reward it offers surpasses the effort.” El País

“The performance is in the how, in how Borja Bagunyà hypnotizes us.” Time Out

"A tribute to Melville. Our 21st-century Moby Dick. A miracle." Jaume C. Pons Alorda

"This is an intelligent novel by an author who is in a league of his own: Bagunyà’s writing is out of this world. And, what’s more, this novel is very fun to read.It stimulates us and keeps us following its intellectual, extreme delirium. Its pacing reminds me of Bernhard. And it has Foster Wallace's postmodern touches.” Time Out

“Consensus and prophecy agree that, for the moment, the novel of the year is Dead Angles by Borja Bagunyà (Periscopi). […] Borja has birthed one heck of a book, a landmark in which freedom of form and fosterwallacism frolic in the service of a furiously-paced story and finely-wrought interior depictions of the characters that are hard to match (the birth scene is one of the best written in contemporary Catalan literature).” El Nacional.cat

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