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Eduardo Mendoza inaugurates the literary events with a chat with journalist Antonio San José. He will talk about his novel Riña de gatos. Madrid 1936, an impressive tableau of the tumultuous climate the country lived through immediately before the civil war, and takes a look at his narrative from his debut with La verdad sobre el caso Savolta.Simultaneous translation will be available from Spanish into English.Sponsored by the Fundación Lara
The legendary Indian actress and great-granddaughter of Rabindranath Tagore, Sharmila Tagore, who was recently recognised for her lifetime achievements by the prestigious IIFA awards in Toronto, and Spanish film director Jaime Chávarri, who is currently working on full length feature which will be shot in India, will discuss the influence Tagore has exerted on the art film culture in India. At the end of the event the film Devi will be screened.Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish‘Devi’ (1960, 93 min, Bengal), by Satyajit RayThe story of this film, set in rural Bengal in the 1860’s, centres on Doyamoyee, whose father-in-law Kalikinkar Roy, sees in dreams as the embodiment of the goddess Kali, to whom he is devoted. His belief spreads through the community who start to regard the character as a transformation of the goddess, an idea that she herself ends up believing.Co-organized with the Casa de la India and with the collaboration of the Consejo España-India and the Indian Embassy in Spain
La Casa de los Picos houses the exhibition of the short list of works in the VI AHEC Contest for Design and Manufacture for Students and will present the winners their awards. The Contest awards the students and the institutions in which they studied for coming forth with imaginative solutions to the challenges throughout the full cycle of the product development, from concept to the execution of the prototype. Following the award ceremony everyone will be invited to visit the exhibition by Sou Fujimoto, “In the clouds: the American tulipwood bar”, by Wallpaper magazine.Co-organized with the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and with the collaboration of the Asociación Española del Comercio e Industria de la Madera (AEIM), the Japan Foundation and the Japanese Embassy in Madrid
Technology has brought about new ways to access books. One of the latest trends for reading is through streaming or “in the cloud”. What does this consist? How does this affect author, publisher and reader? Alberto Olmos, writer; Manuela Lara, development and project director at Santillana Negocios Digitales, and Javier Celaya, director of Dosdoce.com. Chaired by Pedro de Andrés, president of the Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO).Co-organized with the Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO)
Meeting with Janne Teller, Danish writer and author of the novel Nothing, a work which questions the meaning of life and the limits of tolerance that have engendered heated debates in various European countries about existential matters. The tale begins when the young Pierre Anthon leaves school when he discovers there is no point in doing anything because life has no sense.Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.Sponsored by the Danish Embassy in Spain
The young Lebanese writer Joumana Haddad is one of the most multi faceted authors in the Middle East. Aside from being a poet, translator and journalist, she manages the IPAF literary awards (the Arab world’s Booker), is the literary editor of the An Nahar newspaper and edits the Arab magazine Jasad. Her work I killed Scheherazade has been translated into six languages and described by Mario Vargas Llosa as “a revealing and audacious book about women in the arab world”. Haddad, who in 2010 received the Blue Metropolis Award for Arab literature in Montreal, will talk to Malcolm Otero Barral, publisher at Barril & Barral.Event in SpanishWith the collaboration of the AECID and the International Prize for Arab Fiction (IPAF)
Writing as a craftGail Jones (Five Bells), Australian writer translated into nine languages and recipient of the WA Premier’s Award for Fiction and the Adelaide Festival Award for Fiction; Tiffany Murray (Diamond Star Halo), British writer and professor at the University of Glamorgan, short-listed for the Wodehouse Bollinger Prize for Fiction; and Kishwar Desai (Witness the night), Indian writer living in the United Kingdon who won the Costa First Novel Award in 2010, will talk about their careers and about the craft of writing with The Telegraph journalist Gaby Wood.Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.With the collaboration of Australian Council of the Arts, Arts Council Wales, LSE Entreprise and Oxfam
The writer Alicia Giménez Bartlett, winner of the Premio Nadal this year for her novel Donde nadie te encuentre, will talk with the writer and journalist Fernando Delgado. They will talk about the phenomenon of the maquis, in particular of the maquis protagonist in her novel, which has become a legend in the area of the Maestrazgo.Sponsored by the Lara Foundation
The role of public and private institutions in the world of art, their influence on the market, the international acquisition and sales circuits in which they move, the different agents involved in the management of funds and the criteria followed at the moment of selecting works to bring cohesion to a collection are the main subjects that will be analysed. Carlos Urroz, Director of Arco and Liber; María García - Yelo, Director of the Modern and Contemporary Art Department of Christie's; and Antonio Montes, collector will participate.
Forty years have already elapsed since Javier Maríaspublished his first novel Los dominios del lobo, and since then this prolific writer, columnist and translator has garnered numerous international awards. A member of the Real Academia Española since 2006, he has just been bestowed with the Premio Austriaco de Literatura Europea 2011 and recently published the novel Los enamoramientos, which has been acclaimed by critics and the public. Marías talks with Juan Gabriel Vásquez, winner of the 2011 Alfaguara literary prize for El ruido de las cosas al caer.
“There is very little that can be done against oblivion, but it is imperative to do it”, says Mexican author Jordi soler in the pages of La fiesta del oso (2009), a novel set in the Spanish Civil War narrating the fate of certain republican troops who had to abandon all and flee to France. On this occasion, Soler will present his most recent novel, Diles que son cadáveres, a surprising story in which curious characters try to find the staff of Saint Patrick that belonged to the poet Antonin Artaud. He will talk with Spanish writer and journalist Juan Cruz.
The world through the window of ForgesEach morning a new window is opened to the world through the vignette signed by Forges on the pages of the daily El País. This vision, conceived as an opinion in the purest form of journalism genre, is a powerful editorial that sometimes brings a good-natured smile and at other times an ironic one, or it moves us and triggers emotions. The graphic humourist will talk with the journalist Aurelio Martín.In collaboration with El Adelantado de Segovia
Dos monstruos juntos is the title of Boris Izaguirre’s latest novel, presented for the first time at this festival. Patricia, Alfredo and money as well as the current crisis and millionaires are the key players of this novel set in modern day London that wants to take a look with the biting humour of a contemporary work of art. The author will talk with the journalist and writer Juan Cruz.Sponsored by the Lara Foundation
Paul Preston is a specialist in contemporary Spanish history and one of the most important British Hispanists. Member of the British Academy, in 2011 he published The Spanish Holocaust, a book about the repression during the Spanish Civil War and immediately thereafter. Luis María Anson is a member of the Real Academia Española, funder of El Cultural (central supplement of El Mundo newspaper) and director of the on-line newspaper El Imparcial. They will talk about such matters as the role of the press, the monarchy or the 23-F coup d’état.Co-organized with Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies and the London School of Economics and Political Science
The media trumps ‘culture’The limits between arts and disciplines have been broken, the moulds that structured branches of science or philosophical debate have been cast aside. The media has gone through a phase of hybridization and the barriers between various areas of information have been dissolved. This all matters from a global perspective and dailies such as MARCA, and magazines such as Vanity Fair and Yo Dona pick up on different elements of what is today called culture. For these media, in any case, the great challenge is still to find that magical formula that enables to communicate efficiently. Óscar Campillo (MARCA), Pepa Bueno (Yo Dona) and Marta del Riego (Vanity Fair) will address these issues. Chaired by Teresa Sanz.
David Vann is a brilliant North American novelist who received the Medicis award for the best foreign novel in 2010 for Sukkvan Island, set in a remote island in Alaska in which a father and a son fight for survival. His latest work, Caribou Island, has just been published in Spanish. In his novels Vann immerses the reader in a suffocating atmosphere, explores human relationships and questions the myth of the American dream. He will talk with Mónica Carmona, publisher of Mondadori.Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.
The Swiss Arno Camenisch and the Austrian Evelyn Schlag are two of the most interesting writers in the “peripheral” German speaking world. On the other hand, the Argentine Patricio Pron is doubly “peripheral” with regards to Spanish literature, but also German (which has influenced him considerably). The conversation between the three authors, moderated by the literary critic Cecilia Dreymüller, will allow to address such matters as extraterritoriality, literary periphery and the literary production centres, not only within the German speaking world.Simultaneous translation will be available from German into Spanish.With the collaboration of the Austrian Embassy in Spain the Swiss foundation for culture Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Embassy in Spain
In Mexico, everything related to drug trafficking is reflected in various ways in culture, among them the Mexican “corridos”, musical numbers that narrate the story of anonymous heroes or smugglers often paid by the drug traffickers themselves. The patriarch of north Mexican literature and author of La prueba del ácido, Élmer Mendoza, will talk on the matter with Arturo Pérez-Reverte, a prolific writer of international renown whose novel La reina del sur has been translated into 27 languages and has had an unparalleled success in México and has recently been adapted for television and made a huge impact through Spanish speaking Latin America.
Martín Caparrós, Argentinian journalist and writer who has headed the magazines El Porteño, Babel, Página/30, Sal y Pimienta and Cuisine & Vins, and has published, among other works, No velas a tus muertos (1986), La historia (1999) and Una luna (2009), will on this occasion present his most recent book, Contra el cambio. This interesting essay is a journey through ten countries that have been affected by climate change and reflects on the ecology, the place of nature in our society and the ideology of conservationism.
Miguel Syjuco, Philippine author who was bestowed the Palanca Award, the most prestigious literary recognition in the Philippines, and the Asian Man Booker Price for the novel Ilustrado (2010), will talk with La Vanguardia's journalist Xavi Ayén. Syjuco’s novel narrates the life and death of Crispin Salvador, an imaginary character that makes the reader doubt about reality and fiction.Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.
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