El món d’ahir is a quarterly publication featuring history by leading writers. It is positioned at the intersection of literature, journalism and essay, and promotes the pleasure of reading history for what it is: adventure and the portrayal of the human condition throughout time. History by auteurs which takes its title from Stefan Zweig’s novel The World of Yesterday. The publication was launched with the idea of inviting top Catalan, Spanish and International writers to write about history, even though they may not have done so before. It also aims to reclaim history in the first person (eyewitness accounts, diaries, and memoires) as well as offer texts by literary authors who have written on historical subjects.
El mon d’ahir is available at www.elmondahir.cat and in bookshops.
Astrakan is a humour and satire book series launched by Minoria Absoluta and the Columna publishing house. The name Astrakan was chosen for two reasons: it references Eastern Europe – continuing in the footsteps of Polònia and Crackòvia – and echoes the Catalan word for farce – astracanada.
The series aims to return to unhurried, quiet humour by offering a combination of previously unpublished works and international best sellers, as well as reprinting classics and non-novel formats.
Astrakan’s first title is Ha tornat (Look Who’s Back), a satirical novel by Timur Vermes which has caused a stir in Germany. It imagines Hitler’s hypothetical return to the Europe of 2013 and demystifies his evil personality.
The second title to be published is Tria la teva crisi (Choose Your Own Crisis) by Júlia Cot and Jordi López Casanovas. A new take on the line of classic children’s gamebooks Choose Your Own Adventure, it uses humour to portray a lost generation finding its way in extraordinary times.