of the Publishers and the Published of Catalonia

Barcelona, 1976-

Edicions de la Magrana

(Updated 16/05/2024)

Founded in 1975 by Francesc Vidal, Jaume Fuster, Jordi Moners i Sinyol and Carles-Jordi Guardiola i Noguera, all four of them members of the PSAN (National Socialist Liberation Party), Edicions de la Magrana was launched with the goal of becoming a referent in books on history and political thought. Subsequently, after 1978, it was reorganised in an effort to survive the crisis and it added new thematic contents, including literature – children’s books, novels and poetry – cooking, biographies, travel guides and others, all grouped into different collections. From that year on, it expanded its themes and collections, reoriented its economic affairs and welcomed new shareholders such as Àlex Broch, Vinyet Panyella, Lluís Jou, Lluís Simon, Jordi Úbeda, Miquel Horta and Antoni Tàpies. In the early 1980s, Edicions 62 purchased 17% of its shares. The publishing house still exists and focuses on more commercially-oriented literary publications until it was purchased by the RBA Group in 2000 as an independent imprint. In 2004, it permanently merged with RBA.

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Edicions de la Magrana collection in the Biblioteca de Catalunya

In 2001 Edicions de la Magrana deposited its administrative archive with the Biblioteca de Catalunya; in 2005, RBA turned the deposit into a donation.


Catalogue of publishers from the Bergnes de las Casas collection (Biblioteca de Catalunya)

Catalogues of publishers of Catalonia after 1976 (Biblioteca de Catalunya)

More information and documentation on the works produced

Bonada, Lluís, “La Magrana, un creixement espectacular de la militància política a la promoció cultural”, Serra d’Or, 331 (Abril 1987), p. 71-73.

Edicions de La Magrana, 1976-1991: 15 anys fent llibres. Barcelona: Edicions de La Magrana, DL 1991.

Llanas, Manuel. L'Edició a Catalunya. Segle XIX. Barcelona: Gremi d'Editors de Catalunya, 2004.

Llanas, Manuel. L'Edició a Catalunya. Segle XX (fins a 1939). Barcelona: Gremi d'Editors de Catalunya, 2005

Llanas, Manuel; Chumillas, Jordi. Edicions de La Magrana (1976-2000). Política, literatura i escola. Barcelona: Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat, 2012.

Nadal, Marta, “Carles-Jordi Guardiola i La Magrana, vint anys d’un fruit saborós”, Serra d’Or, 442 (octubre 1996), p. 41-44.