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Research Article

The Internationalization of the Catalan Novel

The Case of Pedra de tartera by Maria Barbal and its Reception within the German Speaking Countries

Jordi Jané Lligé    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Espanya    



This article analyses the translation and reception within the German speaking countries of Maria Barbal’s novel Pedra de tartera (Stone in a Landslide). The article focuses on two main issues: on the one hand, external factors that determine the projection abroad not only of Maria Barbal’s work, but more generally of Catalan literature; on the other hand, literary factors that define the novel’s reception abroad. For the first set of factors, this study describes the role played in this process by the Institut Ramon Llull, several publishing houses, literary agencies and international book fairs. For the second set of factors, it analyses the reaction of academia, literary criticism and the media, and, equally important, the opinion of Heike Nottebaum, German translator of the book, and Rainer Nitsche German publisher.

Keywords: Maria Barbal. Pedra de tartera. Contemporary Catalan Novel. Internationalisation of minority language literatures. | Maria Barbal. Pedra de tartera. Novel·la catalana contemporània. Internacionalització de la literatura de llengües minoritàries.

Language: ca

Submitted: Jan. 25, 2019
Accepted: Sept. 18, 2019
Published: Dec. 4, 2019

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/Ri/2037-6588/2019/112/009

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