After the critical acclaim of his previous essays, Lluís Calvo presents a work based on the first meridian. Crossing the French capital city, it drew a cartographic axis that crossed through Europe from North to South and continued through the African continent; that is why it was generally known as the Paris meridian. However, it was the Greenwich meridian which was eventually adopted as the universal reference.
Building on this historical tidbit, Lluís Calvo becomes an explaining machine, as he develops a remarkable effort of geographical irony at the expense of the straight line. A line that passes through the very foundations of our culture: from the French Revolution to Occitan monks, from the fleeing of Republican fighters to the legend of the Comte Arnau, from the Roca Village shopping centre to the art of Pierre Soulages, Joan Ponç and Jean-Luc Godard. And also from Titus Livius to Tiqqun, from Maragall to Baudelaire. And, of course, Paris. The roguish and resistant Paris of the republic of artists and criminals that was Montmartre, of the spiritual dissidence —and, at the same time, the flagship of progress and modernity.
We have hosted a launch party at the Calders bookstore in Barcelona, with the author, Lluís Calvo, the philosopher Arnau Puig and the poets Míriam Cano and Francesc Gelonch.
«Virtue, extreme righteousness, entails living in terror.» (Arnau Puig)