The renowned publisher Michi Strausfeld will talk to the cultural journalist Luis Rodríguez Pastor about her exceptional career in the book industry, working in two different languages (German and Spanish) and two literary traditions. After studying French, English and Spanish at the University of Cologne (1969), Strausfeld has lived in Bogota, Madrid, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona. From 1974 to 2008 she was in charge of the Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese collection at the Suhrkamp publishing house, where she was responsible for the publication of more than 350 books. In July 2008 she moved to the publisher S. Fischer Verlag (Frankfurt) in order to create a new Spanish-language literature collection. She also directed the child and young adult collection for Alfaguara between 1977 and 1999, which published over 550 titles; and, from 1990, Siruela’s Las Tres Edades collection, aimed at readers between 8 and 88, where she has been responsible for the release of around 250 books. In 2009 she received the Order of Isabel la Católica for her work disseminating Spanish-language literature in Germany. Her most recent book is Mariposas amarillas y los señores dictadores. América Latina narra su historia (2021).
With the support of the ICPA
Few intellectuals have captivated and excited so many readers as Yuval Noah Harari. He is the author of the ambitious books Sapiens. A Brief History of Humankind (2014), Homo Deus. A Brief History of Tomorrow (2016) and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018), titles that have been translated into 60 languages and have sold over 30 million copies. The Israeli writer, historian and philosopher, Doctor in History from Oxford University and lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is one of the most incisive thinkers today, able to articulate some of the most critical themes from human history and civilization in his books, covering everything from religion to technology, from the invention of agriculture to the arrival of capitalism. In his most recent publication, Sapiens. A Graphic History (2021), Harari adapts his acclaimed work Sapiens into visual language, telling the human story in images with the help of his fellow writer David Vandermeulen and the illustrator Daniel Casanave. In this first volume of what is set to be a graphic series, Harari covers the early period of humanity and presents our distant relatives, the Neanderthals. In conversation with the writer and journalist Moisés Naím.
Event in English subtitled in Spanish
El ABC de los seres fantásticos en Perú, the most recent publication by the gifted children’s writer Christian Ayuni, is an album book that presents the alphabet illustrated with extraordinary figures from the ancient myths and legends of Peru. Christian will share the stories and images of these marvellous beings at this event.
For children ages 5 to 10
Few regions of the world have undergone such political upheaval as Latin America in recent times. The continent has been the setting for numerous socio-political protests and movements, in which very different nations have experienced similar discontent and social agitation. It is possible that this is the result of the common colonial-historical background, which has resulted in most cases in very polarized societies, with high levels of poverty and inequality, which have only increased with the health emergency caused by the pandemic. The journalist and writer Martín Caparrós (Argentina), the journalist Moisés Naím (Venezuela), the historian Natalia Sobrevilla (Peru) and the journalist Michael Reid (United Kingdom) will talk to the journalist Jacqueline Fowks (Peru) with the goal of trying to understand and find common ground regarding the complexity of the social processes that are happening on our continent.
With the support of SURA
Amaia Arrazola is an illustrator, writer and muralist. She is the author of the book and game Animales fantásticos, which can be used to combine shapes and the sounds that animals make to create new, fantastic animals. Amaia invites us to free our imaginations to roam through the pages of this book full of extraordinary creatures yet to be discovered.
For children ages 1 to 3
Download Amaia's drawings to do this activity here
The French writer and singer Marie Modiano had very early contact with the world of art, as the daughter of the French Nobel prize-winner, Patrick Modiano, and the illustrator Dominique Zehrfuss, and has had a prolific career which has seen the release of five albums, two poetry books and two novels. Her most recent work is Lointain (2021), a story that evokes the young love between a theatre actor and a writer, characterized by the atmosphere of uncertainty, melancholy and nostalgia left by the writer’s disappearance. She will talk about this with Jesús Martínez.
Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available
With the support of the French Embassy
There are many factors that define the context of a country and its development: historical events; cultural traditions; racial, class or gender prejudices; the economy; territorial conflicts… Is it possible to change a country like Peru, with all its complexity? Two psychoanalysts dare to respond to this question, guided by Jorge Álvarez, and seek to understand categories such as “cholo” and “choledad”, which the two have analysed in great depth. With Jorge Bruce (Peru), psychoanalyst, writer and author of Nos habíamos choleado tanto. Psicoanálisis y racismo, and Guillermo Nugent (Peru), sociologist, historian and psychoanalyst, author of the recent El laberinto de la choledad. In conversation with Jorge Álvarez.
Fietta Jarque, a journalist and art critic, has been a contributor to Spain’s El País newspaper since 1984, working in the Arts section and the Babelia supplement. She is also the author of four books, including Donde Dennis Hopper perdió el poncho. This book tells the story behind the cult feature film The Last Movie, filmed in 1970 in the town of Chinchero, Cusco, directed by the filmmaker and actor Dennis Hopper, and written by him and the screenwriter of Rebel Without a Cause, Stewart Stern. The film is about a Hollywood production team that goes to the Sacred Valley of the Incas to film a Western. Hopper, who plays a stuntman, stays in the town once the production is finished and falls in love with a prostitute. Meanwhile, locals take over the film set, emulating the story of the film, erasing the margins between reality and fiction. All this is covered in Jarque’s book, and the author offers us a glimpse behind the camera, revealing what happened when the film was being made and relating the excesses of stars such as Kris Kristofferson, Julie Adams, Stella Garcia, Peter Fonda, Dean Stockwell, Toni Basil, Russ Tamblyn and Michelle Phillips, and also the film’s sad fate: to be a critical and box office failure, and to remain forgotten for half a century. The famous Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara worked with Dennis Hopper as art director of The Last Movie, and together with Fietta Jarque he will tell us about this intriguing episode, in conversation with Miguel Barreda.
There are few economists as celebrated as the US Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, who won the award in 2008 for his contributions to New Trade Theory. A Doctor in Economics from MIT, Krugman has lectured at Yale, Stanford, MIT, New York University and the University of Princeton. He is the author of 27 books and has been a regular columnist for The New York Times since 1999. His most recent book is entitled Arguing with Zombies. Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future and is a collection of over 90 articles coving themes such as social security, trade wars, inequality and climate change, with a special emphasis on the economic results of Donald Trump’s policies. He will talk about his work and the current political and economic situation with Farid Kahhat.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
With the support of the BBVA Foundation
Carmen McEvoy is a Peruvian historian and diplomat who has researched the history of her country in considerable depth, particularly the period between the foundation of the republic and the War of the Pacific. McEvoy presents the collection of essays La república agrietada. Ensayos para enfrentar la peste (2021) which puts Peru on the physical and historical map of the world, contemplating the cultural and political background that has made the country what it is today, with all the problems and challenges that the country faces, especially given the current global pandemic. These texts, which include the author’s own views and opinions, offer stimulus for reflection on what it means to live in and understand Peru today. In conversation with Jorge Bedregal.