Alex von Tunzelmann is a British writer, filmmaker and historian. She wrote the screenplay for the feature film Churchill (2017) and several episodes of the series Medici. She is the author of four books, the most recent of which is the acclaimed Fallen Idols (2021), in which she analyses our forms of conserving and confronting the past as a society, particularly through the creation and destruction of monuments, examining the history of twelve statues, some famous, some infamous. In 2022, she presents the book Historia filmada which is the Spanish-language version of a compilation of columns, Reel History, which she wrote for The Guardian; the book combines her viewpoints as historian and filmmaker, offering a rich and diverse panorama of the history of film and the historical characters whose lives have been taken to the big screen. In conversation with the Arequipa poet and film fan Heiner Valdivia and the filmmaker Miguel Barreda Delgado.
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Rosemary Sullivan is one of Canada’s most outstanding writers and a truly talented biographer. She is the award-winning author of 15 books, in which she has told the life stories of eminent figures such as the Canadian authors Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn MacEwen and Elizabeth Smart, and the artist Leonora Carrington. She will talk to the Canadian Ambassador in Peru, Louis Marcotte, about her ideas regarding authoritarianism and democracy that have come from the experience of writing her most recent books. The first of these is Stalin’s Daughter. The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, which tells the life story of the daughter of Joseph Stalin, Svetlana Alliluyeva. The second book is entitled The Betrayal of Anne Frank and is the result of a rigorous investigation that reveals the answer to one of the great mysteries, one that has attracted millions of readers around the world: how was Anne Frank’s family discovered? This was probably one of the most famous unsolved cases in history. Joining forces with an impressive team of researchers, former FBI agents, and using the advantages of the new technologies, Rosemary Sullivan has brought to light the key pieces that complete an extraordinary puzzle regarding the tragic story of the Frank family.
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Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos aims to promote knowledge and exchange between writers of different generations and nationalities, united by the same language and a literary tradition enriched by authors from many different origins. The project consists of an established author talking to a younger one from the other side of the Atlantic, connecting countries and continents. In this case, the well-known Spanish writer, Ignacio Martínez de Pisón, will talk to the fiction writer, journalist and Literature lecturer, Jeremías Gamboa, author of the wonderful book Animales luminosos (2021). This dialogue is intended to build bridges across generations and countries, with the Spanish-language literary tradition acting as the shared discourse. Moderated by the RPP journalist, Jorge Turpo.
On the centenary of her birth, we present a look at the startling true and imagined biography of Zoila Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo, known universally as Yma Súmac. This singer’s unique songs will be expressed through the voice of the soprano Sylvia Falcón. There will also be a discussion involving the historian Carmen McEvoy, the journalist Miguel Molinari and Sylvia Falcón together with the Special Projects Editor of El Comercio newspaper, Jaime Bedoya. Pianist Pepe Céspedes will play some of the sontgs Yma Súmac, and those will be sung by Sylvia Falcón.
The writer and journalist Marco Sifuentes presents his fourth book, Peru Bizarro (2022), which compiles 79 episodes and anecdotes from Peruvian history; with acerbic humour the book questions everything that is taught in history classes. Behind the country’s official history, with its conservative, centrist, white, Catholic and heteronormative biases, there is a diverse, complex Peru, characterized by being abandoned by the state, and the invisibilization or even destruction of ancestral, Afro-descendent and dissident ways of being. The book reconstructs the territory’s memory in a way that goes beyond the capital and its incomplete story of what it means to be Peruvian. In conversation with the writer Jeremías Gamboa.
Ignacio Martínez de Pisón (Spain) is the author of over 15 books of essay, novel and short stories. He is known for novels such as Derecho natural (2017), Filek (2018) and Fin de temporada (2020), and the long essay Enterrar a los muertos (Seix Barral, 2005), which won the Rodolfo Walsh and Dulce Chacón prizes and was much praised by reviewers and critics in several European countries. In his last book, Partes de guerra (2022), an anthology of stories about the Spanish Civil War, Martínez de Pisón carries out a publishing and literary task by compiling examples of the collective memory, voices that tell of the horrors, heroes and, above all, the history of a conflict that spilled across sides and boundaries. More than 30 Spanish writers give their particular view of the war, mediated by the excellent prose of Martínez de Pisón. In conversation with the author and journalist Dante Trujillo.
Screening of the BBC Mundo documentary Los sobrevivientes del holocausto del caucho en Colombia, which portrays a not very well remembered part of our recent past. It is a story of enslavement and annihilation, which reduced the population of La Correra (Colombia) from 100 thousand to 64 people. In this conversation, the journalist and filmmaker Andrea Díaz Cardona and the director of the Centro Amazónico de Antropología y Aplicación Práctica, Manuel Cornejo Chaparro, will talk about the topics addressed in the film in the context of the role Peru played, particularly Iquitos, in the rubber business.
We will talk about historical figures who are essential to an understanding of our region and the world. From pioneers in their fields, to those who were marginalized socially, these people have paradoxically been made invisible, although without these figures, all women, it is impossible to understand our present. With Claudia Núñez (Peru), author of La mariscala, a book that examines the life of the only woman to have been president of Peru; and Adela Muñoz Páez (Spain), who presents her brilliant book Brujas. They will talk with the Radio Ambulante podcast journalist, Emilia Erbetta.
Rediscovered in the last third of the 20th century, this heroine and martyr of feminism and the working people’s movement, Flora Tristán (1803-1844) was fully dedicated to the defence of these causes up until the end of a short life marked by personal dissidence. Brigitte Krulic shows that she entered into these battles through apostolic preaching, against wind and tide, beating her own path with a view to uniting the working people and keeping alive an ideal of absolute equality between women and men. Krulic (France), who lectures at the University of Paris-Nanterre and is the author of a biography of Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859), offers a new biography of Tristán that is particularly precise, empathetic and clear-sighted. She will talk about her book Flora Tristán and its subject with Doris Guillén.
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Adela Muñoz Páez (Spain) is one of the most brilliant essayists writing today. A professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Seville University, her other great passion is women scientists. She is the creator of Científicas: Pasado, Presente y Futuro, a series of dramatic representations aimed at school children aged between 8 and 14. As a part of her constant concern for vindicating the role of women in society, Muñoz presents her most recent book, Brujas, an essay that explores the process by which women were made into scapegoats in an extraordinarily misogynous society. Although there were no witches’ Sabbaths or flying on broomsticks, there was suffering and death on bonfires all over early modern Europe. In conversation with the RPP journalist Patricia del Río.
Julien Petit (France) is a curator at the Miguel Urrutia Art Museum in Bogota and a lecturer at the University of the Andes. His curatorial work involves looking at notions of writing and reading in the history of art, critical and decolonial art, the scope of the image, photography and reading and, in general, the place occupied by art in the construction of community, culture and social paradigms. He will talk to the visual artists Nereida Apaza Mamani and José Luis Delgado Otero, who live in Arequipa.
The 13 manuscripts that constitute Juan Basilio Cortegana’s Historia del Perú make up a unique and diligently prepared work that tells the history of the country from the Inca period to 1827, the year of the first presidential election and the second Constitutional Congress. Cortegana emphasises the formation of the republic, a foundational process in which the author was a witness and actor. Cortegana, from Cajamarca, was a soldier in Junín and Ayacucho and an empirical historian who created a work with many links and intertextualities, but he expresses passionately an affirmation for an independent Peru as well as the country’s continuities with the past. This round table is called on the occasion of the publication in five volumes of the Historia del Peru, a selection of texts written by Cortegana, a publishing project promoted by the BBVA Foundation and the National Library of Peru, supervised by Marcel Velazquez and Carmen McEvoy. They will talk about the meanings of historical memory, the workings of these writings, with their framed voices and the declaration of the manuscripts as Historical Heritage of the Nation. With the essayist Marcel Velazquez, the historian and writer Carmen McEvoy and the Institutional Head of the National Library of Peru, Fabiola Vergara.
Historian Carmen McEvoy is the author of Patrias andinas, patrias citadinas, and book that analyses the years of the independence and early years of the republic of Peru, from a plural perspective: from the point of view of the capital and from the point of view of the interior of the country, and it tries to track the political and social DNA of Peru to understand its current situation. The writer and literary critic Dante Trujillo is the author of Una historia breve, extraña y brutal, about a fascinating historical event: the killing of the Gutiérrez brothers, which took place in 1872. They will talk to will talk to Ricardo Sumalavia about their respective books, from which they will also reflect on current day Peru.