Chekhov, a doctor by profession, said that medicine was his legal wife, while literature was only his lover. The Russian author took advantage of this double condition: his consultation served him as a privileged laboratory for the miseries of the soul. The precariousness of the literary profession forces most contemporary writers to practice this double life. The fact that very few can survive dedicated exclusively to creation raises reasonable questions: Does literature feed on the professional knowledge of part-time authors, or does it suffer from the lack of a more complete dedication? Isabel P. Fuentes alternates her position as director of the CaixaForum Madrid with the writing of novels. Miquel Molina also leads a double life: he is deputy editor of the newspaper La Vanguardia and novelist. Both will discuss their status as extramarital writers.
In Jerusalem: The Biography, Simon Sebag Montefiore (United Kingdom) tells the story of the city that is holy for three religions. This book was a Sunday Times number one bestseller and also won a Book of the Year Prize from the Jewish Book Council (US). Sebag Montefiore is a Doctor in Philosophy and an expert in Russia and the Middle East, as well as the relations between both regions and the West. In this conversation with the BBC journalist Liliet Heredero, he will talk about aspects of his book and his particular relationship with Jerusalem.
Saying that the past should not be forgotten has become a mantra, especially in contexts of political transition. However, if it is painful and counterproductive, should we still hold on to the past? In his latest book In Praise of Forgetting, the writer and journalist David Rieff questions the way in which peoples tend to relate to the past. The articles of Rieff, an expert on immigration, international conflicts and humanitarianism, appear in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, El País and other publications. He will talk to the journalist, academic and diplomat Rodrigo Pardo.
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?
Irish writer Michael Collins, author of ten works of fiction translated to seventeen languages, will speak to Jenny Valentine about his life and literature. His novel The Keepers of Truth was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the IMPAC Award. His latest book The Death of all Things Seen was the Irish Times Book of the Month in March 2017. Collins is an ultra-runner. He was the captain of the 100k Irish national team. He has ran and won races of that length in Mt. Everest, Antarctica and the Sahara desert. His literature´s fountain for the past decade has been the decline of the American dream in the gigantic rural spaces of the most powerful country in the world and the mark that has left on common people.
Reflecting on political phenomena, from the local to the global, from political theory to specific facts linked to a country’s reality. Political scientist Alberto Vergara and journalist and writer Mirko Lauer talk to historian Jorge Bedregal de la Vera about a genre of non-fiction whose importance goes beyond casual reading because of its close link to changes in ideologies and thought in general.
Two writers present their latest works. With the novelist and journalist, Renato Cisneros (Peru), author of the acclaimed La distancia que nos separa, a book that broke sales records in Peru and which has been translated into a number of languages. Cisneros will present his most recent novel, Dejarás la tierra, which also explores his family history. The writer José Ovejero (Spain) will talk about his latest book, La seducción, in which the author employs the idea of vengeance, with the protagonist leaving a monotonous life and being carried away by malice, something that the character considers throughout the book. Ovejero has written a range of novels, non-fiction works, short stories and poetry, including La invención del amor, 2013 Alfaguara Prize. They will talk to Clara Elvira Ospina.
The writer and academic Rubén Gallo (Mexico) has a passion for the work of Marcel Proust, one of the greatest writers in the history of literature. In Search of Lost Time (1913-1927) is Proust’s best known work and in it, through great introspection, the writer offers a reflection on his life. Gallo, Professor of the Language, Literature and Civilization of Spain at Princeton University, is the author of Proust’s Latin Americans. He will talk to Guadalupe Nettel about this renowned author’s relationships with Latin Americans.
La cláusula Balcells, by Pau Subirós, tells of the life and career of the legendary literary agent Carmen Balcells, through the testimonies of the writers Mario Vargas Llosa, Juan Marsé, Eduardo Mendoza, Carme Riera, Javier Cercas, Isabel Allende, Wendy Guerra, Daniel Vázquez (Vázquez Montalbán’s son); the publishers Ricardo Rodrigo (RBA), Malcolm Otero (Carlos Barral’s grandson) and Juan Cruz; the literary agent Antonia Kerrigan; Rodrigo García (Gabriel García Márquez’s son); Carmen Miracle (Álvaro Mutis’ widow); Ángeles González-Sinde (former Minister of Culture); and people who were close to her, such as her brother Joan Balcells, her son Lluís Miquel Palomares, her driver Dionisio Avilés, and the Agencia Literaria Carmen Balcells astrologer, Guiomar Eguillor. Scripted by Xavi Ayén and Pau Subirós and produced by Neus Ballús. Pau Subirós, co-writer, will be present.
Duration: 59 minutes / Language: Spanish
Three writers will talk with Juan Cruz about narrative´s versatility, how it can be presented in different formats and its possibilities. Alberto Barrera Tyska is a Venezuelan writer, poet and screenwriter. Claudia Piñeiro is an Argentinian writer and playwright. Yolanda Reyes is a Colombian writer who is well known for her work surrounding both children´s and “grown-ups” literature, a distinction she tries to avoid. Juan Cruz is a Spanish journalist, author of more than twenty books.
Teju Cole is an acclaimed Nigerian-American writer, author of novels such as Open City (2011), winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award, and Every Day Is for the Thief, both published by Random House. He is also a photographer and an art historian. He will talk to Rubén Gallo.
Few family histories have captured the collective imagination as much as the history of the Romanovs. The family that governed Russia with an iron hand for four centuries disappeared abruptly with the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. The British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of, among others, Jerusalem and Titans of History, talks about The Romanovs: 1613-1918, which tells the story of this unique dynasty in the Russian Revolution’s centenary year. In conversation with Xavi Ayén.
Our imaginations make us human, argues the zoologist and anthropologist who has been exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors, primates, for decades. Fuentes, a National Geographic explorer, will talk about his latest book, The Creative Spark, which traces the origins of creativity and collaboration in order to explain human nature. He will talk to the journalist Hassan Nassar.
Four writers who have been awarded with the prestigious Hispano-American Gabriel García Márquez Short Story Prize will talk about the art of writing tales. Guillermo Martínez (Argentina), Magela Baudoin (Bolivia), Luis Noriega (Colombia) and Alejandro Morellón (Spain) are part of the current Spanish literary scenario. All of them will share their ideas and some tecniques about short stories´production with the audience.
When it comes to the art of writing poetry there are as many truths as there are true poets. This event features the Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom, who says that poetry lies at the centre of all that he does. His body of work, which contains more than fifty books and includes novels and travel writing, has won him several international prizes. He is accompanied by the Peruvian poet Carmen Ollé, who was acclaimed by critics after the publication of her poetry book Noches de adrenalina in 1981. Both writers will talk to Martín Zúñiga (Peru), the author of a number of poetry books and who in 2011 published an anthology of young Arequipa poets entitled Rastros/Rostros.
The president of the Vasarely Foundation and grandson of Victor Vasarely talks to Guillermo Solana, Director of the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza de Madrid, about the recent exhibition Victor Vasarely: The Birth of Op Art, which covers the chronological evolution of the Hungarian-French artist’s body of work. They discuss the influence of the Bauhaus movement in the work of the father of Op Art and his utopic vision Polychromatic City of Happiness, which defines the artist’s interest in integrating art into architecture and public spaces.
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Starting from Earth, you will go through the immensity of the universe and discover its history. You will see how the stars and planets are born, how it is possible to calculate the distance to a far-off galaxy and how the Big Bang happened 13.8 billion years ago. Christophe Galfard (France) is a Doctor of Physics from Cambridge University, where he studied under Stephen Hawking. With the goal of bringing science to those without specialist knowledge, he has featured on television programmes and offers answers on his website. His book The Universe in Your Hand, named best scientific book of 2015 in France, is a synthesis of his efforts to explain the universe to the general public.
Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available
Illustrators have the difficult task of creating an imaginary world based on a text, without limiting its meaning. The ingenious illustrations of Hanoch Piven have appeared in the most important US magazines and newspapers since 1992, as well as in European publications. He has also worked for children’s books, digital applications, advertising campaigns and television programmes. Ana Penyas, who studied Industrial Design and Fine Art, received the 2017 Fnac-Salamandra Graphic International Graphic Novel Prize. They will talk about the work of the illustrator with Juan Merino.
The Leadership experts present the results of a two year study on the leadership behaviours of 600 Spanish executives. Looking at today’s leaders and executives, can we identify styles and needs for the future? Are there notable differences between the leadership strengths of male and female executives? What behavioral weaknesses are most likely to derail their careers? How can we help them to reach their maximum potential?
Marta Williams and Stephen Adamson, have created a unique Personal Development Program for more than 600 executives studying at Madrid’s IE University. For the past two years these executives/students have received a creative combination of specialized psychometric testing, in-depth analysis of their leadership styles, and feedback from their co-workers back at their jobs. Measurements were conducted on a continuous basis to track growth and perceptions of change from multiple points of view.
The Colombian dancer Fernando Montaño, a star of the London Royal Ballet, will talk about his life and about the fascinating word of dance, which has taken him all over the world.
The Peruvian María José Caro León, author of Perro de ojos negros, and the Chilean Eduardo Plaza, author of Hienas, are among the 39 Latin American writers aged under 40 chosen by the Hay Festival for the Bogotá39-2017 project. These authors will talk to Clara Elvira Ospina about their works, their literary process and the implications of being chosen for Bogotá39-2017.
The Peruvian writer, Iván Thays, shortlisted for the Herralde Prize for Un lugar llamado Oreja de Perro, is the author of several novels, including Antonio vuelve a casa. Guadalupe Nettel (Mexico) is the author of the novel Después del invierno (2014 Herralde Novel Prize) and of a number of books of short stories. They will talk to Ignasi Duarte.
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.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
The renowned philosopher A.C. Grayling returns to Segovia with a provocative lecture on our society today and the threats to coexistence. He addresses the major challenges that the new digital era and the social and political changes make on the structure of our societies. Will social media or populism break democracy? Chaired by Peter Florence.