Sovereignty for Catalonia? The most recent developments in Catalan politics – Det Norske Samlaget – Litteraturhuset // Oslo, Norway
DIPLOCAT organizes the presentation of Johannes Nymark’s book Catalonia’s Dream
Over fifty people gathered this evening in one of the rooms of the House of Literature in the Norwegian capital in an event about Catalonia entitled “Sovereignty for Catalonia? The most recent developments in Catalan politics”. The event included the presentation of a new book that explains Catalonia to a foreign audience and especially to Norwegians. The book Draumen om Catalonia (Catalonia’s Dream) was written by Johannes Nymark, writer and Associated Professor of Spanish at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), and published by Det Norske Samlaget in collaboration with the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT).
The book gives keys to understand the current self-determination process by the history of Catalonia, the economic and industrial development and a differentiated identity mainly based on language and culture. There is also one chapter focused on FC Barcelona and its symbolism. Nymark highlights the historical contrast between a conservative and centralist Madrid and a more liberal and open Barcelona, which explains why most of innovations, be it in the field of architecture, arts or social thought, arrived to Spain via Catalonia.
The event was opened by Edmund Austigard, Administrative Director of the publisher, who welcomed the attendees; Martí Estruch, International Press Officer at the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia, talked about the current situation in the Catalan self-determination process; and Johannes Nymark, who unveiled his book and read some excerpts.
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Det Norske Samlaget is a Norwegian publishing house founded on 24 March 1868 with the aim of promoting and publishing books in Landsman, now known as Nynorsk – one of the official standards of written Norwegian. Det Norske Samlaget is now divided into two bodies: a literature organization, Litteraturselskapet Det Norske Samlaget, which is a culturally focused political-interest organization, and the publishing section, Forlaget Det Norske Samlaget, which has been a non-profit foundation responsible for publishing operations since 1978.
Last updated: 3 September 2015