Sebastià Bennasar

Sebastià Bennasar Llobera (Palma, 1976) is a journalist, writer and critical literary translator from Majorca. He has worked for eleven years as a journalist in Diario Baleares and Diari de Baleares, where he was head of Culture. He was literary critic of the supplement "La Espira" from 1999 until its disappearance in 2013 and of the website Llegir en cas d'Incendi. He founded the literary magazines Bearn y Bearn Black, he has occasionally collaborated with other media in the Balearic Islands, Catalonia and Valencia and since January 2017 is a collaborator of Vilaweb. He studied Humanities at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona (2009) and has a Master's degree in World History (2011) from the same university.

Between 2009 and 2013 he lived in the city of Lisbon, where he contributed to the creation of the Casal Català de Lisboa and the association Catalunyapresenta. He was a founding member of the magazine Capicua, dedicated to the translation of Catalan literature into Portuguese and vice versa.

He has given lectures, seminars and summer courses on crime novels or Catalan culture and language since 2009 in different universities such as the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, the Universidad de Lisboa, the Universidade de Aveiro, the Université de Aix en Provence, the Universidad de Barcelona, the Universidad Pompeu Fabra, the Universidad de las Islas Baleares or the Universidad de Salamanca.

Currently, he collaborates with different publishing houses making reading reports and translations from Portuguese into Catalan and Spanish, and from Catalan into Spanish and vice versa, and writing books on request. He directs the collections of black novels "Lo Marraco Negro", by Pagès Editors, and "marrajo", by Milenio, which began in January 2018.

He has promoted numerous cultural projects, congresses and literary festivals, mainly dedicated to crime novels, such as Lloseta Negra, which he directed for four years; Tiana Negra, a festival dedicated to crime novels in Catalan, and Gracia Lee. He coordinates four reading clubs in libraries in Barcelona.

He is a member of the Association of Writers in the Catalan Language and the Catalan PEN, and since June 2015 he has been a member of the board of directors of this entity, as a member of Linguistic Rights.

Novela negra

El botxí de la ciutat de Mallorca (Lleonard Muntaner, 2000)

Cartes que no lliguen (Hiperdimensional, 2005)

Jo no t'espere (El Gall Editor, 2008)

Mateu el president (Cossetània, 2009)

La mar no sempre tapa (Editorial Moll, 2011) Premi Vila de Lloseta.

El país dels crepuscles (Editorial Al Revés, col·lecció 2013). Spanish version: El país de los crepúsculos (Alrevés, 2016). Mexican edition: El sendero de los crepúsculos (Ediciones B, 2017)

Les mans del drac (Editorial Llibres del Delicte, 2014)

On mai no creix l'herba (Alrevés /, 2015)

L'imperi dels lleons (Alrevés /, 2017). Spanish version: El imperio de los leones (Alrevés, 2017). Valencia Negra Prize for the best novel in Catalan, 2017.

Hotel Metropole. (Columna, 2018). 


Essay and non-fiction

Llum Barrera: De camí al gran escenari del món (Govern Balear, 2009)

Paquita Tomàs: El món des dels fogons (Govern Balear, 2009)

Simó Andreu: L'amo de la pantalla gran (Govern Balear, 2009)

Rafel Nadal: Essència de campió (Govern Balear, 2010)

Pot semblar un accident: La novel·la negra i la transformació social dels Països Catalans, 1999-2010 (Editorial Meteora, 2011), a book that analyses the crime novel in Catalan in the decade described and at the same time the change in the Catalan-speaking territories in the same period.

501 crims que ha de conèixer abans de morir (Ara Llibres Publishing House, 2011). 

501 crims que has de conèixer abans de morir (Editorial Ara Llibres, 2011). 

La primavera dels indignats (Editorial Meteora, 2011). 

Retrats: Emili Teixidor (Associació d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana, 2013). 

Per una república lectora (Vilaweb, juliol 2016). 

Manuel de Pedrolo, manual de supervivència (Meteora, 2018). 

Books in collaboration

Rere les passes del rei en Jaume (Promomallorca, 2008), a work in fascicles distributed with the Diari de Balears and the newspaper Última Hora, with photographs by Carles Domènec.

La reina de diamants, with Marc Moreno, Llort and Salvador Macip (Llibres del Delicte, 2014)

Els estranys, with Carles Domènec (Els Llibres de Bearn, 2014)


Antologia de joves narradors de Mallorca (Promomallorca, 2008). 

Antoni Serra: la ploma i el capell, with Miquel Vicens (El Gall, 2010)., with Àlex Martín (Al Revés, 2011). 2.0, with Àlex Martín (Al Revés, 2013). 

Els caus secrets (Editorial Moll, 2013). 

Portugal literari, d'Ignasi Ribera i Rovira (Nova Editorial, 2014). 

A redós de Portugal, with Enric Ucelay-Da Cal and Josep Pich Mitjana (Nova Editorial. 2014). 

Dossier on the Catalan crime novel by the magazine Ítaca, with Àlex Martín and Anna Maria Villalonga.

Barcelona: Viatge a la perifèria criminal, with Àlex Martín (Alrevés, 2017). 


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