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Of Roots, Clichés and the Imagination: Where Do We Write From?


May 1, 2010 | Instituto Cervantes | New York City

With Rodrigo Fresán, Alberto Ruy-Sánchez, Martin Solares, and Miguel Syjuco; moderated by Natasha Wimmer

Co-sponsored by Instituto Cervantes

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Spanish-language writers are often grouped together by American critics as part of a single tradition. But as these writers prove, there are many traditions at work in Spanish writing—and, what’s more, writers are free to choose among these traditions, and even to invent their own. Join Rodrigo Fresán from Argentina, Martín Solares and Alberto Ruy-Sánchez from Mexico, and Miguel Syjuco from the Philippines for a conversation about the mixed and surprising roots of writing, the clichés so often attached to Spanish-language writers, and the borderless force of the imagination. The conversation will be moderated by Natasha Wimmer, award-winning translator of Roberto Bolaño among others.


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