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Diamela Eltit, Patricia Lara and Laura Restrepo in conversation with Marta Orrantia

Comings and goings of a left-wing militant.

Cartagena 2019, 

Diamela Eltit (Chile) began publishing her work in a society subjected to censorship. As a performance of resistance against the regime of Pinochet, Eltit read an extract of Lumpérica, her first novel in a brothel, reprinted in Colombia in 2018. Patricia Lara (Colombia) dedicated herself to journalism and fiction in a country where violence became the main topic of inspiration for intellectuals; in 2015 she published Las mujeres en la guerra, a collection of reportage on 10 women who were immersed in the internal conflict in Colombia, and in 2018 Adiós a la guerra. Una historia breve de los conflictos en Colombia, which summarizes in simple words the very long struggle experienced in the country. The writer Laura Restrepo (Colombia) worked in the Peace Commission negotiating between the government of Belisario Betancur and the M-19 in the 80s. She lived for five years in exile when the written testimony of these experiences, Historia de un entusiasmo, caused her to receive death threats. These women will be in conversation with Marta Orrantia on how they have used writing as a tool of dissent.

Diamela Eltit, Patricia Lara and Laura Restrepo in conversation with Marta Orrantia