Literature

Antoni Vives has published essays and novels, some of them awarded.

El Somni de Farringdon Road

Language: Catalan
In the politically barren climate of the Barcelona months before the outbreak of the Civil War, Pau Capdevila is a young lawyer who from time to time helps anarchist workers to smooth out the law. He does not believe in anything nor is he very aware that his actions can have consequences beyond his immediate surroundings. Convalescent of a tuberculosis, is forced to move away from the city just as the war begins, a moment that will mark the beginning of the vital transformation of Pau. The dream of Farringdon Road, the debut in the narrative of Antoni Vives, is an epic of the Civil War. An addictive novel of love, of adventures and action overwhelmed by the overwhelming ideological debates of the time. In times of disgusted and disenchanted, perhaps it is worthwhile to be dragged by the dreams of freedom and justice of a whole generation of fighters, embodied here by a group of international brigades.

I demà, el paradís

The Spanish colony of Fernando Poo, in Equatorial Guinea, in the fifties: a young Barcelona woman, Teresa, went to live with her husband, landlord Alberto Cirer, with whom she married remotely. Teresa, finally free, finally happy. But there, the provincial finans of the colony live together with wildlife, violence and exploitation. In parallel, an extraordinary coral fresco from the Cadaqués, isolated from the 1920s and thirties, immerses us in the latent tensions between the factions of the people, fueled by personal envy and the invisible presence of witches. And, in a shocking contrast, the second part of the book brings us to the Cadaqués of the sixties, with the seasonal progresses, the uninhibited atmosphere, the artists, the parties …

Les banderes de l’1 d’abril

Language: Catalan
On the end of the Civil War, the entrance of the nationals to Chinchón brings together three characters that will cross their destinies over the next fifteen years: Mercy, “the Passion of Chinchón”, the idealist Jesus, victorious army lieutenant And a member of the Phalange, and Julián, head of the family one of the strong houses of the town, ready to spend accounts for the years of the Red Revolution.
Revenge, fears, ambition and ideals are put into play and determine a new order, which may only be new in appearance. From Castile to Barcelona, from Madrid to Leningrad, on the outskirts of all three The flags of April 1 trace the fresco of the deep wounds of the postwar period: loneliness and cynicism, the difficult path of hope, The triumph of the riders and the inevitable ending that always waits for all flags.

Per què faig de polític?

Language: Catalan
For a while, there is a widespread feeling that politics has moved away from street people, especially young people. This disinterest, which is a great concern for the political class, is what motivates the book by Antoni Vives, who after dedicating much of his career to private enterprise, held various positions within the government of the Generalitat With the intention of being as educational as possible, and based on an apparently innocent question of his young daughter (“what does he mean to be a politician?”), Antoni Vives explains the reasons that led him to change his work for Devote to serve the country and help its inhabitants. With undisguised passion for the projects under way, which serve as illustrative wedges, the author defines the interior of a profession that is often under-valued and over which the slab of misunderstanding falls.

El nacionalisme que ve

The coming nationalism is an essay that sets out to explain the interpretative keys of today’s Catalan society, from Rosselló to Baix Segura, and from here proposes some paths, roadmaps, to reach the horizon of freedom The policy that the nationalists of the Catalan Countries aspire to. While it is true that the process of individualization of Western society questions the way in which the European nations have been built in the last centuries, it is no less certain that it can contribute to the growth of the personal consciousness of belonging to a political community Useful and lived as its own. Vives proposes the participation of the whole society on the path to political sovereignty, understood as a two-way game: the management of the political force of institutional nationalism together with the impulse of civic mobilization in favor of national freedom.

Barcelonies lletra de batalla per Barcelona

Language: Catalan
Xavier Trias says in the prologue: «Antoni wanted to do a very necessary exercise: to feel the city, to touch it, to explore it, to listen and to love the people who live there and really configure our city.» And indeed the book Antoni Vives is only understood from the full experience of Barcelona, ​​from his knowledge and his esteem. It shows Barcelona as a creative and innovative platform with leadership capacity, a city that is tailor made for people, an ideal place to promote Catalan culture and an excellent meeting point for the great diversity of cultures in the world.

But Vives also shows his critical vision with the direction that the city is taking and the policies that are taking place. In order not to end up being a “city of stone cardboard”, almost a theme park for tourists, and to recover a certain Barcelona of the citizens, the author points out strategic and action lines that, every passing day, seem more and more Necessary

Catalunya, entre la perplexitat i el somni

Language: Catalan
The coming nationalism is an essay that sets out to explain the interpretative keys of today’s Catalan society, from Rosselló to Baix Segura, and from here proposes some paths, roadmaps, to reach the horizon of freedom The policy that the nationalists of the Catalan Countries aspire to. While it is true that the process of individualization of Western society questions the way in which the European nations have been built in the last centuries, it is no less certain that it can contribute to the growth of the personal consciousness of belonging to a political community Useful and lived as its own. Vives proposes the participation of the whole society on the path to political sovereignty, understood as a two-way game: the management of the political force of institutional nationalism together with the impulse of civic mobilization in favor of national freedom.