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Pablo d’Ors in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

A Moment for Silence in a Convulsive World

Segovia 2020, 

It may appear counter-intuitive that a brief essay on silence would become a publishing phenomenon. However, that is what happened with Biography of Silence: An Essay on Meditation (Biografía del silencio) the most widely circulated work by the theologian, priest and Spanish publisher Pablo D’Ors. Since it first came to light in 2012, it has sold more than 100,000 copies and has inspired a tide of followers to meditate. In this convulsive world, D’Ors invites us to get to know ourselves better and to find ourselves through daily meditation. Prior to its publication, D’Ors had already made a name for himself as a novelist. His fictional work such as Andanzas del impresor Zollinger, El estupor y la maravilla or Lecciones de ilusión placed him along the line of authors such as Kafka, Hermann Hesse or Milan Kundera. Biography of Silence is part of a trilogy, which includes The friend of the Desert (El amigo del desierto) and El olvido de sí which is dedicated to his spiritual mentor Charles de Foucauld. His latest novel, Entusiasmo, is an exercise in self-fiction that tackles how we make vital decisions and our hope in destiny. D’Ors, a founding member of the network of meditators Amigos del silencio, will talk with the writer and journalist Jesús Ruiz Mantilla, author of Contar la música, Preludio, Gordo or Yo, Farinelli, el capón.

In case of rain, the event will take place at the same time in Vicerrector Santiago Hidalgo, old Escuela Universitaria de Magisterio (Plaza Colmenares, 1). This building is located in front of Jardín de los Zuloaga.