BCNegra: the noir novel week in Barcelona

Posted on 1 February 2011 in Barcelona, always!

The noir novel is a genre capable of accurately reflecting reality. A discussion in the Saló de Cent between the judge Baltasar Garzón, the former prosecutor José María Mena and the journalist José Martí Gómez will introduce us to the world of organised crime.

This year the Catalan police (Mossos d’Esquadra) will be giving more demonstrations, specifically, how to produce an identikit picture. We’ll also be able to delve into the world of spies and have the opportunity to discover Barcelona’s criminal world of the 1970s and 80s through one of its main characters, Dani el Rojo (Dani the Red).

As usual, BCNegra (between 31 January and 5 February) will provide a showcase for visitors to discover what’s new, the most promising new authors and new mystery terrain. In all, 50 authors and specialists will be taking part in round tables, talks and presentations.

BCNegra: the noir novel week

BCNegra: the noir novel week

For example, the gathering is going to introduce three new British writers – R.J. Ellroy, David Peace and Craig Russell – as well as take a look at the German noir novel scene and Sweden, with Mari Jungstedt and Johan Theorin.

One of nine bars offering special creations based on the writers and characters of these detectives stories while BCNegra is on. The “Surprise Cocktail“, based on vodka and inspired by Inspector Kurt Wallander, is a tribute to the writer Henning Mankell.

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