srijeda, 9. listopada 2013.

Miquel Bauçà - katalonski književni div

Jedno od najvećih književnih otkrića u posljednje vrijeme: katalonski luđak Miquel Bauçà. Gotovo nevjerojatna, totalna radost dok čitaš monolog šiznutog, paranoičnog pripovjedača.
Jedinstveno, duhovito, inventivno, beskompromisno. 

Ovdje je dokumentarac o njemu.

Miquel Bauçà: the invisible poet


Synopsis: This documentary on the life and work of Majorcan poet, Miquel Bauçà (Felanitx 1940 – Barcelona 2004) is structured as an unnerving picture dictionary, progressing from M to A and back to M, starting with “Morir-se sol" (Dying alone) and ending with "Mort" (Death). Fragments of dramatization, archive material and interviews, treated in a variety of visual effects (sepia, black & white, colour), recreate key aspects of Bauçà's childhood, such as his relationship with his father or the sudden death of his mother; significant moments in his adolescence, like his years at a Theatine seminary or his military service on the island of Cabrera; his first years in Barcelona, and his futile attempts at normality - marrying, becoming a father, but finally separating; the writing of some of his master works; or his return to Majorca where he would live as a recluse in a caravan; and his later years, compulsively writing vast book-dictionaries or attempting total invisibility in the heart of Barcelona. A number of his poems and texts are fictionalised: from Una bella història (A beautiful story) to Les Mirsines (The myrtles), from Carrer Marsala (Marsala Street) to El vellard (The old man), from El canvi (The change) to Els somnis (Dreams). Interviewees feature his older sister, Maria Bauçà; poets Joaquim Horta, Bartomeu Fiol, Lluís Solà and Arnau Pons; journalists Jordi Maluquer and Andreu Manresa; neighbours Glòria Rimbau and Concepción Quílez; friend and psychiatrist Pep Clusa; companion Amor Estadella; editor Bernat Puigtobella; and writers Biel Mesquida, Mª Antònia Oliver, Jordi Coca and Miquel Obiols. The puzzle’s connecting thread is a character, performed by actor Pep Tosar, who is at once Bauçà himself and a researcher delving into the poet’s life and work. Via his manias we relive daily situations and characteristic tics of the poet, such as his obsession with personal hygiene, spying on the neighbours, writing endlessly on continuous rolls of paper, or building wooden furniture.
Cast: Pep Tosar, Manuel Bronchud, Pepa Charro, Daniel Fuster

3:AM Cult Hero: Miquel Bauçà

In her introduction to The Siege in the Room translator Martha Tennent writes: “Critics placed his work in the line of European experimental writers such as Robert Walser, Dino Buzzati, and Franz Kafka (though he could equally have been compared to Thomas Bernhard for his unapologetically obsessive vitriol)..” So why haven’t we heard of Catalan poet and experimental prose writer Miquel Bauçà? For one, his ‘unapologetically obsessive vitriol’ – he has been accused of misogyny, homophobia and racism. That, and a self-imposed literary exile (an ‘apartment hermit’, he lived in a bookless apartment with a writing desk that lined an entire room) has meant that his reputation as a kook has overshadowed the writing. Yet in his own lifetime (Bauçà died in 2005) he wouldn’t have it any other way, going so far as refuse literary prizes (for Carrer Marsala) and advocating that all writers should lead furtive lives. And what of the work? His prose, as Tennent puts it, strikes a ‘delicate balance between madness and the quotidian drudgery necessary for survival.’ She continues: “His stylistic innovations, his corrosive humor, his fantastic depiction of disturbed minds in claustrophobic worlds, and his refusal to offer his readers an easy ride make him a preeminently original writer.”
Further: Author’s page at Dalkey Archive Press / spotlight on Bauçà in Transcript / biography on Association of Catalan Language Writers (AELC) / documentary, Miquel Bauçà, poeta invisible.

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