Until recently, Francisco Sagasti held the position of President of Peru, acting as the country’s leader during a period of particular political and socioeconomic turbulence, made even worse by the pandemic. Apart from being President of the Republic he has been Chairman of Congress, Head of Strategic Planning at the World Bank, Chair of the UN’s Consultative Council of Science and Technology and a manager and board member of many other Peruvian and international organizations. An industrial engineer by training, Sagasti has taught at various universities in Peru and abroad, and is the author of over 20 books and a hundred academic articles. His most recent work is Imaginemos un Perú mejor… y hagámoslo realidad, a compilation of interviews and articles that analyse the structural problems of Peru and propose forms of political, social and cultural growth. Max Hernández, a doctor of medicine and a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association, is the author of Memoria del bien perdido, an incisive exploration and psychological portrait of one of the great figures of the early colonial period, the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. They will talk about their most recent works, and on the way impart some of their vast knowledge of Peruvian history and reality, giving their views on the past, present and future prospects of the country.
With the support of the Spanish Embassy
Almudena Sánchez (Spain), selected in 2019 as one of the ten best Spanish writers in their thirties by AECID, on their “10 de 30” list, is the author of the book of short stories La acústica de los iglús (2016) and the autobiographical book Fármaco (2021). This work deals with a subject that is painful, debilitating and also taboo: depression. The author looks at the history of the ailment in order to explore and understand her own mental illness, and she talks about the experience of living under medication, with all the highs and lows this involves. In conversation with José María Salazar Contactar.
With the support of Acción Cultural Española, AC/E
Marie-Noëlle Hébert (Canada) is a Canadian graphic designer and illustrator. Largely self-taught in this area, she also has experience as an art historian and a screenwriter. She is the author of a number of illustrations for the documentary Carricks - dans le sillage des Irlandais (2017, Viveka Melki). She recently published the autobiographical graphic novel My Body in Pieces, in which she reflects on the difficulties she experienced in terms of her attitude to her body from the age of eleven, when her father and the people around her started referring to her as fat, and how these difficulties lasted into her adult years. She will talk to Ingrid Bejerman.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
With the support of the Canadian Embassy
The life of Anahí de Cárdenas was turned upside down in 2019 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, this Peruvian actor, singer and dancer has undergone a complex and transformational process of healing, undergoing a course of chemotherapy. In 2020 she created the digital festival Fuck Cáncer + Fuck COVID, a free musical event that raised funds to fight cancer and Covid-19. She has recorded this difficult but life-changing time in her book Fuck cancer, about which she will talk in conversation with the journalist Jimena Díaz Zapater.
With the support of Cerro Verde
Losing a loved one was always hard, but the Covid-19 pandemic has made the process worse. Loses have become more awkward; often a relative has gone to the hospital and never been seen again, with no goodbyes possible because of the sanitary constraints. Funerals might be carried out on Zoom, when at all, and the bereaved have not been able to receive hugs of consolation. With all this in mind, this conversation brings together specialists to talk about the different ways of dealing with grief, and they will tell us stories of the uncertainty caused by the fear of death, the fear of loss and testimony of pain and mourning. They will also talk about how people react in different ways during grieving, with different emotional responses when faced with loss: some become depressed, triggering a family crisis, and in other cases people have undergone a process of renewal, and have found the motivation to move on. With the writer Alonso Cueto, the psychoanalyst Moisés Lemlij Malamud and the director of the NGO CEDRO Carmen Masías Claux in conversation with the Head of Content at El Comercio newspaper, Jaime Bedoya.