Josep Pla

Josep Pla

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Josep Pla i Casadevall () (March 8, 1897, Palafrugell, Girona - April 23, 1981, Llofriu, Girona) was a Catalan Spanish journalist and a popular author. As a journalist he worked in France, Italy, England, Germany and Russia, from where he wrote political and cultural chronicles in Catalan.

His figure is somewhat controversial for present day Catalans. On the one hand, his prose is widely acknowledged as the finest standard of contemporary literature in Catalan but, on the other hand, his -nowadays, usually downplayed- ties to Francoist Spain are frowned upon by the current Catalan establishment.


The son of rural business owners of modest means from Baix Empordà, he obtained his high school diploma in Girona, where, beginning in 1909, he was a boarding student at the Colegio de los Maristas (Marist School). In his last academic year (1912–13), he had to take his final exams without having taken the courses because he was expelled from the boarding school. In 1913 he registered to study science at the University of Barcelona and began his studies in medicine, but in the middle of the course he changed his mind and registered to study Law. The emptiness that he felt in his life at the university did not prevent him from adapting himself to another environment that would focus the intellectual disorientation of his youth: the Barcelonan Ateneo Club, with its library and above all the daily tertulia that took place there under the strategic entertainment of Dr....
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