It was brief, as I announced. I did not even have a speech prepared; only some handwritten notes. "The protocols are meant to be broken," he apologized, smiling, before beginning to read them, citing the phrase that Queen Sofia of Spain told him at another ceremony. With memories of her exile in Mexico in 1974 and the enormous generosity expressed by Octavio Paz, the Uruguayan poet Ida Vitale thanked the FIL Award for Romance Languages 2018, granted weeks before receiving the Cervantes Prize. At the age of 95, Vitale honored his surname by showing a sympathy and liveliness with which, yesterday, many participants in the opening ceremony of the 32nd Guadalajara International Book Fair were expired.
At the end of her impromptu meeting, the audience applauded her for a long time, just as she had done whenever the previous speakers mentioned her. Ida Vitale – a translator of Pirandello, Bachelard and Simone de Beauvoir – also commented on the impact on her initial formation of the books published by the Mexican publishers who arrived in Uruguay, as well as the decisive importance of the first poem in her vocation. nia: "Cima", by Gabriela Mistral, belonging to the book "Desolacin".
Led by Ral Padilla, president of FIL, and with the presence of numerous officials of a government in transition (Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador assumed the presidency of Mexico on December 1), yesterday was a relaxed and nostalgic ceremony in the recently deceased writer of Jalisco Fernando del Paso (1935-2018), who was invited to this meeting, reached an emotive role. In a video screened during the event, his son Alejandro read a few words in which the author of "Noticias del empire" apologizes for dying a week before the fair: "I am sure they will forgive me the joke and the audacity."
The organizers of FIL dismissed the participation of Portugal as a guest country, with a delegation headed by the renowned Lisbon writer António Lobo Antunes (1942), who arrives to present his novel "It's not midnight who wants". Among the most recent voices of Portuguese literature that will be present at the exhibition are authors such as Vasco Gato (1978), Rui Cias (1966) and Alexandra Lucas Coelho (1967).
This opening of the literary Salsa Carlos Fuentes, by the Nobel Prize winner, Orhan Pamuk, is expected with the expectation of launching his latest novel "The red-haired woman". In today's act, the Turkish narrator will be presented by Jorge Volpi.
Another of the main guests this year is the Romanian Mircea Cartarescu (1956), author of the novel "Solenoid" and the volume of short stories "Nostalgia" (which is in its sixth edition), among other successful titles. Cartarescu won the Thomas Mann Prize for Literature and the Formentor Prize for Literature this year and is presented at FIL with the new translation of "The Left", the first volume of his "Cegador" trilogy, considered his masterpiece.
Impossible to summarize all that you find an audience that begins to arrive in bulk this weekend. There are over 800 writers invited to the largest book fair in Spanish, which this year features 400,000 titles from 2,000 publishers, and a program with 1,800 literary, scientific and academic activities.
Full quota for Zurita
For tomorrow, at noon, is expected to open the Chile stand, which this year occupies a spacious and modern design in honor of Vicente Huidobro. The country sends a delegation of more than 60 representatives from the world of books and reading. Among the most anticipated authors of Guadalajara, stands out Ral Zurita, who will offer a recital at Salina de Poesa on Friday, whose registration of participation has already been exhausted. The next day, the Chilean poet will present his book "A sea of stones" (Fund of Economic Culture).
In his double role as narrator and Foreign Minister, Roberto Ampuero will offer the conference "Diplomats and writers: two complementary visions in a changing world" next Sunday, the last day of FIL.
Other invited Chilean writers are Nona Fernndez, Cynthia Rimsky and Isabel Mellado, who will participate on Tuesday in a forum on collective memory and individual memory in the Chilean novel. Alejandro Zambra, Mara José Ferrada, Kurt Folch, Diego Alfaro, Carlos Cocia and Juan Carlos Villavicencio also work in different activities.