JUAN GABRIEL VÁSQUEZ: FICTION AND MEMORY


28/05/2021




News Center -TDO- In collaboration with the embassies of Colombia and Spain in Turkey and the Cervantes Institute in Istanbul, an event entitled “fiction and memory” was held, in which Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vasquez participated as a speaker.

The conversation started with the presentation of Gonzalo Manglano, director of the Cervantes Institute in Istanbul, and continued with the speech of Julio Anibal Riano Velandia, Colombia’s Ambassador to Turkey.

Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Bogotá, 1973), is the author of the two story collections named Los amantes de Todos los Santos (The Love of All Saints) and Canciones para el incendio (Songs for Fire) and six novels called The Teasers, The Secret History of Costaguana, The Noise of Falling Things, Reputations, La forma de las ruinas (The Shape of the Ruins), Volver la vista atrás (Looking Back). He also published two books of literary essays, The Art of distortion and Viajes con un mapa en blanco (travels with the blank map), along with a short biography of Joseph Conrad entitled el hombre de ninguna parte (the man without a past). His works are now published in 30 languages and for all his works he won Alfaguara Prize, Gregor von Rezzori-Città di Firenze Prize, IMPAC International Dublin Literature Prize, Royal Academy of Spain Prize, Lisbon Casa de Amèrica Latina Prize, Archbishop Juan de San Clemente Prize, Casino da Póvoa Literary Prize, Colombia Narrativa Library Prize and Roger Caillois Prize. the Literature Prize, the Colombia Narrativa Library Prize, and the Roger Caillois Prize.  He translated works by Joseph Conrad and Victor Hugo and won two Simón Bolívar awards for his work as a journalist. Opinion articles are regularly published in the newspapers El Espectador in Bogotá and El País in Madrid. He was awarded the Order of Arts and Literature of the French Republic in 2016 and the Order of the Isabel la Católica of Spain in 2018.

 


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