CARMEN BALCELLS, A DEALER IN WORDS
BY Carme Riera.
For the last year or so, coinciding with the celebration of her
seventieth birthday, the cultural authorities of the country have
been showering Carmen Balcells with medals. She accepts this new
situation with resignation and says with slight irony that she
is not really prepared for so many manifestations of public recognition.
In the past month of January, for instance, when she received
the Cultural Merit Medal awarded by the City Council of Barcelona,
she declared that, had she only known that this would happen to
her, she would have got used to the idea and she would even have
learned to read and write, echoing what a character in one of
Garcia Marquez's novels had said in a similar situation. Afterwards,
she prophesied that the twenty-first century would be the century
of Literature. (...)