Author and journalist Eduardo García Aguilar visited our department and generously took part in two conversations with our community, in spite of suffering from laryngitis during his stay in Minneapolis. García Aguilar (b. Manizales, Colombia) has had a prolific literary career, including the publication of four novels, several collections of short stories and poetry, as well as book-length studies of such writers as Gabriel García Márquez, Alvaro Mutis, and Voltaire. Currently, he is a journalist with Agence France-Press on Latin American affairs, and also publishes widely in the Latin American press. He published his first article in Colombia when he was fifteen, studied in Paris and Berkeley, going on to work and publish for fifteen years in Mexico before returning to Paris where he lives today. You can find a list of his publications available on Amazon.com here.
"The Triumphant Voyage: A Novelist's Journey Through Literary Modernism"
Friday, April 10, 3:00pm, 134 Folwell Hall
The Triumphant Voyage (English translation by Jay Miskowiec of El viaje triunfal, and winner, 2008 National Translation Grant, Ministry of Culture of Colombia) recounts the travels of the fictional modernist poet Arnaldo Faría Utrillo during the first half of the twentieth century. From jungle pyramids to the streets of Rome and Paris, from surviving shipwrecks and earthquakes to witnessing the advent of la violencia in Colombia, the reader goes along on the adventures of this "professional foreigner."
In this presentation, García Aguilar and Miskowiec (translator and publisher of Aliform Books) read from the Spanish and English versions of his novel The Triumphal Voyage, and answered questions about modernism, the avant-garde in Latin America, the participation of women writers in literary production, and the generation of writers whose work was overshadowed for a time by attention to the "boom" writers. The audience included undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and visitors from the general community. We are grateful to both speakers for their generosity in sharing their work and experience with us. The MN Daily published this article.
He and Jay Miskowiec also visted Professor Joanna O'Connell's graduate course "La transmisión de la palabra" where we conversed at length, in spite of his laryngitis, about a variety of topics, ranging from his own career as an author and journalist to his impressions of how emerging digital formats are changing writing and publishing worldwide. He also shared his most recent article, published in Excélsior, the Mexican newspaper where he has a column, on Obama's speech in Strasbourg. You can read this article and more on his blog Eduardo Garcia Aguilar: BLOG LITERARIO DESDE PARÍS .