In the context of Catalan Book Week, writer Douglas Stuart, winner of the Booker Prize 2020, will talk to writer Bel Olid about the publication of Shuggie Bain, a powerful novel about working-class Glasgow in the 1980s that has stirred up the British literary scene.
‘Shuggie Bain’ burst onto the scene as one of the most acclaimed literary debuts in British literature in recent years. Its story takes us into a humble home in working-class 1980s Glasgow devastated by the industrial dismantling of the Thatcher era. Ten years in the making, this novel, with elements of autobiography and large doses of social criticism, is unsettling, but it also raises questions about poverty, social marginality, and about the suffering that comes with the loss of loved ones.
In this conversation, Douglas Stuart and Bel Olid will talk about this debut, as well as literature as a tool for social criticism, and about the complexity of telling stories that move us.