In English Voices From Spain

Catalonia in Two Halves

Originally published in Spanish. “Cataluña en dos mitades”. Manuel Jabois. El País. To notice that Catalonia was becoming independent, you had to turn up the volume. It happened in a bar close to the Sant Jaume square, where TV was showing the Catalan Parliament’s plenary session on mute. “What are they voting now? Bring the […]

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In English Voices From Spain

Dr. 155 and Mr. UDI

Originally published in Spanish. Manuel Jabois. El Pais. On Thursday October 26th, in Barcelona, Carles Puigdemont didn’t abort the declaration of Independence of Catalonia because he didn’t receive from the government guarantees that justice would respect his demands. Twice he wanted to announce elections and renounce his promise of following “the mandate of the Catalan […]

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In Italiano Voices From Spain

Concediti un regalo

Originale: “Regálate un capricho”. Manuel Jabois. El País La parte sorprendente del “procés” è la gente che crede che attraversare il fiume con lo scorpione sulla schiena non comporterà alcun prezzo da pagare. Sono settimane che ricevo sul mio whatsapp istruzioni per fondare la Repubblica della Catalogna. Faccio parte di una trama sentimentale che si muove attraverso […]

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In English Voices From Spain

It is Catalan, ok?

Published originally in Spanish. Manuel Jabois. El País On Wednesday afternoon, Andrea, 39, asked for sparkling water in an emblematic bar in the Malasaña neighbourhood of Madrid. The waiter warned her: “It is Catalan, eh?”. Andrea did not care. “I’m telling you”, replied the old man, “so you can’t complain later”. He showed her the […]

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