Anna Matveeva | Writer, journalist and editor

The week at Faber in Olot was absolutely lovely and a very productive for me!

I put the finishing touched on my new novel Every Hundred Years and started to write a first short story for a new collection. Fantastic nature of La Garrotxa inspired me very much. I felt the energy of volcanoes, even they are sleeping for thousand years! 

Here, in Faber, one writer became for me a guiding star –Julio Cortazar, my idol since youth. Why and how? That’s a magic of Faber! I met here other resident, Marta Jordan, she’s a translator from Poland, amazing, extraordinary lady. Marta was a translator of Cortazar’s plays and short stories, moreover they were friends. Can you imagine it? For me it sounds like somebody was a friend of John Lennon! Even more! We have told a lot about Cortazar– so genius from Argentina combined Russia and Poland in the fabulous Catalonia. As I’m a journalist too, I decided to do an interview with Marta for one Russian media – and we did it here, after the long days of working and walking and talking.

By the way I “met” here one more catalan genius – not a writer, but sculptor and painter. Jose Maria Sert, who was a beloved husband of Misia Sert, the heroine of my recent book “Picture Girls” (it’s devoted to the models of great artists of the past, from the ancient Phryne to Gala Dali). Sert was buried in Vic, so I dreamed to visit this wonderful place and the residence gave me this opportunity. All people in Faber were very kind, attentive, caring and helpful to me and other residents! I’m happy to be back here…