Si no corro, caic

Running Just to Keep Upright | Empúries, 2017

Xavier Rubert de Ventós always keeps a notebook to hand. Over a lifetime, he has filled hundreds of them, placing each and every one in a shoebox for safekeeping: a blue Guerrero, a pink Claire Fontaine, a maroon Enri, a Progreso graph paper notebook, and so on up to a total of 545.

Now, with the help of Professor Gemma Casamajó, he has dug out these shoeboxes, opened them up and come to realise that they are full to the brim with on-the-spot impressions jotted down over the course of almost fifty years. The notebooks are filled with aphorisms, musings, poems, observations and obsessions on children, memory, death, sex, the passing of time, philosophy, travel, politics, women and Catalonia.

These observations and aphorisms are priceless. With this in mind, hand-picked and ordered thematically, we offer the reader the very finest writings of an entire lifetime.