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Javier Gomá is a Spanish writer of both fiction and non-fiction, author of the Tetralogía de la ejemplaridad and Filosofía mundana, in which he explains that in today’s world the mission of philosophy is to make itself ‘worldly’: philosophy about, but also for, the whole world. In his book, La imagen de tu vida, he proposes using existence to build up a lasting example and also invites us to live a dignified and beautiful life, one in which we can feel the sublime nature of existence, as against the nihilism that has been appropriated from culture in today’s mass society. He will talk to the journalist Winston Manrique.

 

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David Rieff, Carmen Boullosa and Sergio del Molino in conversation with María Elvira Samper

The new nationalisms

Cartagena 2018, 

Economic and political protectionism is gaining ground around the world. The changes that have happened in Russia, the United States and Europe have altered the idea of a global citizenship. In their books David Rieff, Sergio del Molino and Carmen Boullosa have explored in detail and in very original ways the consequences of these political transformations for individuals. The three writers will talk to the journalist María Elvira Samper.

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Nadya Tolokonnikova in conversation with Luke Harding

Cartagena 2018, 

The journalist interviews the musician and activist, Nadya Tolokonnikova (Russia), a member of the punk group Pussy Riot and arrested together with her fellow bandmembers in 2012 because of a performance in Moscow Cathedral. Tolokno was sentenced for crimes of religious hatred and spent two years in jail, a sentence that became a symbol around the world for the Vladimir Putin government’s attitude to freedom of expression. She currently lives in Moscow and continues to work as a human rights activist. In 2017 Nadya Tolokonnikova was selected as part of the Hay30, which, supported by the CASE Foundation, celebrates a new generation of thinkers and activists.

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Andrea Marcolongo in conversation with Juan Esteban Constaín

Cartagena 2018, 

Words, old or new, are gifts for changing the world. Last year, Andrea Marcolongo published a book about the subject that engrosses her the most. La lingua geniale: 9 ragioni per amare il greco deals with the importance of the language of ancient Greece for the present day. She will talk to the writer Juan Esteban Constaín.

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Gonzalo Eltesch, Carlos Fonseca, Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón and Samanta Schweblin in conversation with José Hamad

Bogotá39-2017. Displaced writing

Cartagena 2018, 

What is the relationship between writers’ relocations and their work? Four of Latin America’s finest writers, residents outside their countries of origin, talk to the publisher José Hamad about how this experience affects their literature. Gonzalo Eltesch (Chile), Carlos Fonseca (Costa Rica), Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón (Puerto Rico) and Samanta Schweblin (Argentina).

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez in conversation with Sergio del Molino

Cartagena 2018, 

The author of The Sound of Things Falling and Reputations will talk to the Spanish writer Sergio del Molino, whose recent works include the historical essay and travel book La España vacía and the novel La mirada de los peces. Both writers, born within six years of each other, often combine grand national subjects with the private lives of their characters, to the point at which public affairs merge with the innermost regions of the soul. Even so, or perhaps for this reason, their stories are some of the most revealing offered by contemporary literature.

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María José Caro, Frank Báez, Mauro Libertella and Valentín Trujillo in conversation with Paula Canal

Bogotá39-2017. The road to writing.

Cartagena 2018, 

Four of the best Latin American writers aged under 40 will talk about how they found the road to writing.

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J.M. Coetzee in conversation with Soledad Costantini

Cartagena 2018, 

The author, translator, linguist and literary critic, is without a doubt one of South Africa’s most important writers. Winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature, his novels, which are often allegorical or symbolic, question the narratives of multiculturalism. Few contemporary writers have managed to balance the claims of social justice with the aesthetic and technical demands of the novel in the way Coetzee has. He will talk to the publisher Soledad Costantini about the literatures of the South.

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Collution. Luke Harding in conversation with Rodrigo Pardo

Cartagena 2018, 

 

Luke Harding, the award-winning British journalist, will talk about his newest book Conspiration, where he recounts the convulsed story that reveals the close coonections between Trump´s government and Moscow and the political game set by Russia decades ago in order to unsettle the American democracy. The Specuial Prosecutor Robert Mueller has already submmited an accusation against some of the protagonists in this alleged conspiracy, including Trump´s campaigns manager Paul Manafort. It is higly probable that many more will follow as the crisis within the president´s Executive Office aggravates.

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Two thinkers who are off the beaten track when it comes to proposing solutions to the problems that face societies will talk to the writer Juan David Correa.  Rutger Bregman is the author of Utopia for Realists and journalist with the Dutch newspaper De Correspondent. The Spanish philosopher Marina Garcés is the author of the books En las prisiones de lo posible (Bellaterra, 2002), Un mundo común (Bellaterra, 2012) and Fuera de clase (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2016). Thinking radically makes us relate to what we are and do by means of unexpected questions with unforeseen consequences. In this way, philosophy creates its own battlefield. This event is for those who think it is not possible to change the world.

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Mauro Javier Cárdenas, Mónica Ojeda, Juan Esteban Constaín and Emiliano Monge in conversation with Marta Orrantia

Bogotá39-2017. Writing and activism

Cartagena 2018, 

Does the writer have a commitment that must be put into action? If so, what are the spaces she or he can and should occupy? Three of Latin America’s most outstanding writers will talk to the journalist Marta Orrantia about the relation between writing and activism from their personal experiences. Mauro Javier Cárdenas (Ecuador), Juan Esteban Constaín (Colombia) and Emiliano Monge (Mexico).

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Beatriz Helena Robledo in conversation with Carlos Sánchez Lozano

The twenties in Colombia: La Virgen Roja

Cartagena 2018, 

The last book by Beatriz Helena Robledo, María Cano: La Virgen Roja, portrays the life of a woman of libertarian spirit and who was ahead of her time –the 1920s, with its climate of revolution and protest– yet who was also a leader. Robledo is a fiction and essay writer, and lectures at the Universidad Javeriana. With this biography, she leaves children’s and young adult literature to show us a woman and a period full of contradictions, where the first signs of progress were accompanied by political sectarianism and violence. Carlos Sánchez is a lecturer, essayist, literary critic and editor.

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Juan Manuel Robles, Giuseppe Caputo, Cristian Romero and Felipe Restrepo Pombo in conversation with Guido Tamayo

Bogotá39-2017. Writing and other matters

Cartagena 2018, 

When taking the decision to write full time, particularly for young writers, the matter of earning a living must first be resolved. Juan Manuel Robles (Peru) and the Colombians Christian Romero and Felipe Restrepo Pombo will talk about their respective careers as bloggers, translators and secondary school teachers, and what this work has contributed to their literature, or vice versa.

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José Alejandro Restrepo in conversation with Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2018, 

José Alejandro Restrepo is one of the most consolidated creators of national contemporary art. During his studies in the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris he had personal contact with thinkers such as Deleuze and Foucault, became interested in their approaches and discovered the work of emblematic video artists such as Bill Viola and Gary Hill, who asserted his interest in video instalations as the proper means for his research. Since 1988 he has become a pioneer using this technique in Colombia. His work´s second basic aspect is the profound investigation he carries out into national history. He displays his works regularly throughout Europe, Latin America and the US. 

In conversation with Juan David Correa, Director of ARCADIA.


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Yaa Gyasi in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2018, 

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and was brought up in the United States, where she studied English and became a resident on the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first novel, Homegoing, about two half-sisters whose destinies part ways in 18th-century Ghana, has been a popular and critical success, winning the PEN/Hemingway Award and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award. She will talk to the founder of the Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

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Gabriela Jauregui, Laia Jufresa, Alan Mills and Jesús Miguel Soto in conversation with Winston Manrique

Bogotá39-2017. Writers we like II

Cartagena 2018, 

Four of Latin America’s best writers aged under 40 choose one or two writers from any Latin American country, plus an international author, whose work they admire. At this event Gabriela Jauregui (Mexico), Laia Jufresa (Mexico), Alan Mills (Guatemala) and Jesús Miguel Soto (México) talk to the journalist Winston Manrique about their recommendations.

 

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César Bona in conversation with Carlos Sánchez

The new education

Cartagena 2018, 

César Bona, author of La nueva educación, is one of the fifty best educators in the world according to the Global Teacher Prize, the so-called Nobel for teachers. He will talk about the questions that he has considered in his career as an education reformer: Why are textbooks no longer so important? Why does the importance of homework need to be relativized? Why should education be done with empathy? Why should education be more important than any government?

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Three writers who have all recently published an outstanding work will talk to Camilo Hoyos, literary critic and columnist with Arcadia magazine: Juan Cárdenas (Colombia), author of El diablo de las provincias; Renato Cisneros (Peru), author of Dejarás la tierra, a prequel to his celebrated book La distancia que nos separa; and Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), author of Distancia de rescate (shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize). Three novels which take their place in Latin American fiction and which are presented here by their authors.

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Salman Rushdie in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Cartagena 2018, 

The author of the acclaimed novel Midnight’s Children, chosen by the public as the best Booker prizewinner in its 40-year history, will talk to the Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez. At this event they will talk about Rushdie’s work, particularly about his latest published book, The Golden House, a brilliant and lucid portrait of North American society in the period from Obama’s presidency to Donald Trump’s.

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Guillermo Arriaga in conversation with Marianne Ponsford

Film and literature

Cartagena 2018, 

The novelist and screenplay writer, Guillermo Arriaga, the acclaimed author of the screenplays for Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel, presents his latest novel, El salvaje, which tells the parallel stories of Juan Guillermo, a teenaged orphan with a desire for revenge, and Amaruq, a man obsessed with the persecution of a wolf in the frozen lands of the Yukon. He will talk about his film work and his new novel with the publisher Marianne Ponsford.

Cinecolombia event

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The feminist journalist Lauren Bastilde (France) was the editor of Elle France and television presenter in Canal+ and has created the podcasts Nouvelle Ecoutes, in which she interviews women. Lauren will speak with writer Gabriela Jauregui about the feminism´s history, tradition and its connection with literature through the figure of Marguerite Durand, creator of a library with more than 70,000 books and documents about women´s history and their fight for their rights.

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Gabrielle Walker in conversation with Rosie Boycott

SURA talk: Climate Change

Cartagena 2018, 

Dr Gabrielle Walker is an expert on sustainability, clean energies and climate change and has written extensively for The Economist, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, offering different perspectives on the climate issue will talk about climate change with Rosie Boycott who, as well as having a distinguished career as a journalist, editor, author and consultant to the Mayor of London on sustainable food matters, often writes about the role of food in health and the fight against climate change.

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Carmen Pardo and Valter Hugo Mãe in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

Music as a political expression

Cartagena 2018, 

Music can be understood as an ephemeral art and politics as a transitory mood. If this is so, what is the relationship between the two? Carmen Pardo lectures on Barcelona University’s Master’s in Sound Art. She has extensively researched the soundscape of contemporary music and has published some of her findings in two important works: En el silencio de la cultura and La escucha oblicua: una invitación a John Cage. Valter Hugo Mãe is the author of books for children and adults, as well as a publisher, fine artist and singer. They will talk to the literary critic and columnist Camilo Hoyos about music as a political expression.

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The novelist and essayist Sergio del Molino has recently published the work of literary non-fiction La España vacía and the novel La mirada de los peces. Sara Mesa is an award-winning author of short stories and novels. Her work Cuatro por cuatro was shortlisted for the Herralde Novel Prize and Cicatriz was chosen as one of El País’s books of the year. These two Spanish writers, much acclaimed for their unique viewpoints and styles, will talk to Margarita Valencia about writing.

 

 

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Alejandro Santos, Luke Harding and Yolanda Ruiz in conversation with Alec Russell

The media in the post-truth era

Cartagena 2018, 

What is the media’s responsibility in this era of false news and disinformation? Alejandro Santos, editor of the magazine Semana; Luke Harding, journalist in The Guardian; and Yolanda Ruiz, producer of RCN Radio’s morning news programme, will talk about this and other matters with the British editor and journalist Alec Russell.

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