27 November 2014 We do not live in a country but in language.

“Culture is the backbone; however, it is language that unites a nation the most” – says Jaume Cabré in an interview with Marcin Kube in the Rzeczpospolita daily, and answers the question why evil is proportional to the level of power, whether it can be inherited and what power language holds.

A Catalan novelist, scriptwriter and philologist, Jaume Cabré earned the recognition of Polish readers thanks to his extensive and multi-thread novel Jo confesso. The critics, referring to Cabré’s passion for music, compare this novel to a grand symphonic work, composed with élan but also with great attention to every single detail. In this polyphonic story, different historic periods and the fates of the protagonists are interwoven. The most important question the author asks his reader is about the essence of evil in the world and in human nature. In August, a Polish translation of his Les veus del Pamano was published by the Wydawnictwo Marginesy publishing house.

The writer was a guest of this year’s Conrad Ferstival.