Exciting farewell to Vicenç Pagès Jordà, “a modern, daring, innovative writer”

Torroella de MontgríThe writer Vicenç Pagès Jordà died on Saturday at the age of 58, a victim of fulminant cancer. Two days later, on Monday 29 August in the afternoon, friends, relatives and personalities from the world of culture gathered for a farewell ceremony, austere but exciting, at the funeral home of Torroella de Montgrí. The event, which exceeded the room’s capacity, brought together novelists such as Borja Bagunyà, Maria Mercè Roca, Josep Maria Fonalleras, Jordi Puntí, Màrius Serra and Joan-Lluís Lluís, the poet Rosa Font or the editor of the magazine The Advance, Josep Maria Muñoz, as well as the former councilor for Work, Social Affairs and Families Dolors Bassa, the former mayor of Figueres and former councilor for Culture Santi Vila, the current councilor, Natàlia Garriga, and Izaskun Arretxe, director of the Institution of Letters Catalan

Vicenç Pagès Jordà was born in Figueres, the city where some of his fictional narratives are set The whist players; however, for nearly thirty years he settled in Torroella de Montgrí, the town where his wife, Camil·la, comes from, and where his daughter, Berta, grew up. And in Torroella, Pagès, although he had always defined himself as an “overcome” with a somewhat distant character, took root and made a life there, frequenting the bars square, the popular sausage games, the Espai Ter concerts or the sessions in the original version of the cinema, in addition to actively participating in the events and presentations of the bookshop El Cucut. For this reason, both for the family and for the majority of Torroellencs, the writer’s death has been doubly painful, because it has occurred during the major festival, just two days after Sant Genís, the town’s patron saint ; dates of celebration and popular gatherings in which Pagès took the opportunity to meet with friends.

Exterior of the funeral home of Torroella de Montgrí before the farewell to Vicenç Pagès Jordà.

The farewell ceremony was short and simple at the request of the family, logically surpassed by the lethal speed of the disease. And surely it has also been short and moderate by the express will of Pagès himself, of a shy and cerebral nature, who wrote in a tweet the night before he died: “We will not bleach the ashes”. The sentence, as acute as it is premonitory, is the epitaph of someone who, saying goodbye in a few words, does not seek or ask for grandiloquent recognitions or posthumous tributes.

Now, despite renouncing the praise after his death, it is inevitable not to highlight the value of the legacy left by the work of the novelist and essayist from Figueres. And this has been emphasized by the writers and journalists Antoni Puigvert and Miquel Berga, friends and admirers of Pagès, who took part in the event. Puigvert has defined him as a “modern writer, daring, innovative, eclectic and ambivalent, funny at the same time as profound, serious at the same time as humorous; a technically impeccable novelist, sharp essayist, elegant creator of children’s literature, ambitious teacher and rigorous critic”. And, highlighting the painful impossibility of understanding such a sudden death, Puigvert also regretted all the stories that Pagès still had to write in the moment of maturity and lucidity he lived. In the same vein, Miquel Berga, with whom Pagès shared a weekly walk between the days he taught classes at the Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, ​​expressed himself: “Without wanting to fall into the thunderous sentimentality that Vicenç detested so much, I would like to celebrate that today , despite the loss, the emptiness and the grief, he still lives on in his books and his readers”.

At the commemorative evening, significant songs were also played, such as an unreleased track by Cala Vento, a formation in which his nephew plays; What a wonderful world de Louis Armstrong, i While my guitar gently geeps of The Beatles, a group whose guitarist George Harrison particularly admired Pagès. In addition, at the writer’s request, the attendees were also given books written by the author from his personal library, in a final gesture that underlines the fervent love for reading that Vicenç Pagès Jordà always had. he tried to command. “Don’t read when you’ve done everything, but read to not do everything”, are the words that accompanied the reminder of the ceremony.


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