Island bookworms get look at Rafel Nadal’s ‘summer sea’

cartell 2020 rafel nadalThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that this Monday 31 August, the Marià Villangómez library will host an 8.00pm presentation of author and journalist Rafel Nadal’s Mar d’estiu: Una memòria mediterrània in the Jardí de ses Eres. The event will be presided over by Nadal and Obra Cultural Balear chairwoman Maria Teresa Ferrer.

Among the works penned by 66-year-old Girona native Rafel Nadal i Farreras are his 2011 chronicle of power Els mandarins; the 2012 Premi Josep Pla-winner Quan érem feliços, and a 2013 family saga unfolding between Catalunya and Champagne (France) and entitled Quan en dèiem xampany. His 2015 work La maledicció dels Palmisano was translated into 22 languages, while his most recent effort, 2017’s La senyora Stendhal, has already been translated into five. Currently a staff writer at La Vanguardia, Nadal is also a frequent contributor to RAC1 radio and TV3. At the helm of El Periódico de Catalunya from May 2006 to February 2010, Nadal presided over the newspaper’s selection for numerous awards, including the Catalan Generalitat’s National Communication Prize.

Nadal will present Formentera audiences with “a crash-course on the Mediterranean and life’s little pleasures. It’s an invitation to observe and discover the stories behind the places and the people who inhabit them. (...) An homage to the sea of Nadal’s youth. In the first of three parts, the author sets out to shed light on the reasons of his Mediterranean connection, its true nature and particular significance for Nadal. Part two contains the author’s description of sojourns in Mediterranean backdrops like Stromboli, Icaria, Hydra and Portlligat. (...) The third and final segment finds Nadal narrating his return. It is a reflection on the experience of travel and the Mediterranean’s mark on the course of Western history and culture.”

27 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera