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Gabriela Ybarra in conversation with Renato Cisneros

Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos

Segovia 2020, 

‘Hay Diálogos con Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos’ (Spanish American Notebooks) fosters understanding and exchange between writers of different nationalities and diverse origins, who are brought together by a language in common and a shared literary tradition. On this occasion, two authors – the Spanish Gabriela Ybarra and the Peruvian Renato Cisneros – share a native tongue and also the weight of family life in their respective works. Gabriela Ybarra is the author of El comensal, an autobiographical novel with which she obtained public and critical acclaim for her unaffected account of the murder of her grandfather Javier de Ybarra, former mayor of Bilbao, at the hands of ETA and the subsequent death of her mother from cancer.

Renato Cisneros, journalist, poet and writer, son of former Peruvian minister Luis Cisneros Vizquerra, first published poetry books and a book of stories, but it was two autobiographical novels -- La distancia que nos separa y Dejarás la tierra -- that would ultimately establish him as a celebrated author. He recently published Algún día te mostraré el desierto, a 'nonfiction' journal, as he himself defines it, about the experience of fatherhood.