Jewish authors of the 20th century

During this cycle, some of the most important writers of Jewish origin on the literary scene of the 20th century were discussed. On a monthly basis, the words and lives of Simone Weil, Paul Celan, Primo Levi, Franz Kafka, Irène Némirovsky and Yehuda Amijai were present at the Call de Girona, giving a glimpse of the value and diversity of their respective works.

Jewish culture, as has often been said, is a culture of the word: on the one hand, because of the very weight of the written word of the sacred texts; on the other, because a people historically forced into exile and transhumance could not be founded on the accumulation of a historical architectural or material heritage. It is in the word, in its oral and written transmission over the centuries, that the Jewish people have kept their history and memory, and it is in it that they have founded their identity. It is therefore not surprising that so many writers of Jewish origin have left us a wealth of literature, whether or not they have dealt with themes linked to their own culture. The poets, novelists and essayists we have invited this year are just a small sample of this richness, which we wanted to offer through the work of good connoisseurs of their works. See the press dossier announcing the series.

The lectures in the series were as follows:

  • Simone Weil, un contraban difícil, by Adrià Chavarria
  • Paul Celan. Poesia i holocaust, by Robert Caner
  • Primo Levi. El testimoni, by Giovanni Levi
  • Franz Kafka. Tradició jueva i modernitat, by Jörg Zimmer
  • Irène Némirovsky. La compassió de les ombres, by Maria Josep Balsach
  • Iehuda Amikhai, clavats a la carn del món, by Manuel Forcano

Here you can download the complete programme of the lectures.