Bergen, Norway | Catalonia’s dream in Bergen
After Oslo, Bergen has been the second Norwegian city to host the presentation of Johannes Nymark’s book Catalonia’s Dream
Debate “Sovereignty for Catalonia? The most recent developments in Catalan politics”. Litteraturhuset // Bergen, Norway
Bergen has been the second Norwegian city to host the presentation of the book Draumen om Catalonia (Catalonia’s Dream) of Johannes Nymark, writer and Associated Professor of Spanish at the Norwegian School of Economics. The book explains the Catalan self-determination process to Norwegians and it has been published by Det Norske Samlaget in cooperation with the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT).
The unveiling of the book took place during the debate “Sovereignty for Catalonia? The most recent developments in Catalan politics”, that gathered over forty people at the House of Literature in Bergen.
The book offers examples and arguments to understand the language, cultural, economic and industrial development behind the fight for sovereignty in Catalonia and the current political situation. Nymark highlighted 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; Monica Guillén-Royo, Research Fellow at the Centre for Development and the Environment at University of Oslo, talked about the current situation in the Catalan self-determination process and Johannes Nymark, who unveiled his book. Afterwards, there was a debate with the public.
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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: 28 September 2015