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Sefer Barcelona, Jewish Book Festival: Memory

As part of the extensive program of the EUropean Days of Jewish Culture in Catalonia, where several Jewish cultural festivals join forces to work together, we find Sefer Barcelona. As is usual in many European cities, Barcelona hosts an event dedicated to the Jewish book in broad sense – that is to say: from literature to thought, from history to philosophy.

The previous editions of Séfer were born from the will of various organizations and institutions to work together to make possible a diverse and open cultural event that could have a continuity and above all, an own mark.

Therefore, in the Sefer program, lectures are held by local and foreign Jewish authors, but also by non-Jewish authors who have dealt with aspects related to Jewish history or culture, and even specialists, addressing different languages and cultures, with the willingness to discuss on issues of the past and the present in the light of all these subjectivities. Faced with such a broad content, the programs are build on different key aspects, such as identity, exile, memory or language. In this way, we not only present the cultural aspect under its concrete historical angle, but also give place to the debate from a current perspective, targeting all types of public. This year, the program will put a special focus on the theme of Memory, as the centerpiece of the European Days of Jewish Culture.

SEFER 2023 Program

26 September 2023 at 19h
At La Central Mallorca
C/ de Mallorca, 237, 08008 Barcelona

Presentation of "Hay alguien ahí" by Peter Orner (Chai Editora).
Conversation between the writer and artist, illustrator and painter, Paula Bonet.

27 September 2023 at 19h
At the Goethe-Institut
C/ de Roger de Flor, 224, 08025 Barcelona

Thomas Sparr and Enrico Lucca:
Dialogue around "Grunewald in the East: The German-Jewish Jerusalem", by Thomas Sparr, with Enrico Lucca (Ed. Acantilado). Presented by Arnau Pons.
The book deals with the rise of Nazism and the exile of Jewish intellectuals of German culture to Jerusalem, exploring the stories of figures such as Gershom Scholem, Martin Buber, Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin.
With simultaneous translation German-Spanish.

28 September 2023 at 19h
At La Central Raval
Carrer d'Elisabets, 6, 08001 Barcelona

Round table around the book "Reflections on the philosophy of Hitlerism" by Emmanuel Levinas (Editorial Alpha Decay). The book will be discussed as a special document in the work of Levinas and connections will be established between it and the work of Miguel Abensour, who is the author of the epilogue. With Xavier Antich, Paula Kuffer and Jordi Riba.
Presented by Arnau Pons and Enric Cucurella (the editor).

30 September 2023 from 17:30 to 20:30h
At Casa Adret
Carrer Salomó Ben Adret, 6, 08002 Barcelona

17:30: Presentation of "Marbot" (Editorial Tresmolins) by Wolfgang Hildesheimer; with Cecilia Dreymuller and Ángela Molina.

19:00: Presentation of "Nuestra América" (Editorial Galaxia Gutenberg) by Claudio Lomnitz.
Conversation with the author by videoconference.
Moderator: Edgardo Dobry.
The themes of the work and its relationship with Jewish identity will be explored.

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Date Start Date: 2023-09-26
End Date: 2023-09-30

Type of event



Several locations (see detailed programme),
Barcelona, Spain





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