C.S. Ogden: The work of Saramago, Lobo Antunes and Camões to be featured, as well as that of young writers.
Portugal is the guest country at the International Book Fair in Bogotá (also known as FILBo), which opens this month, reflecting an upsurge in interest in Portuguese-language literature.
José Luís Peixoto and Inês Pedrosa, both young Portuguese authors, are among the 23 writers who will feature at the Colombian event. Works by legendary figures such as Fernando Pessoa, Luís Vaz de Camões and Eça de Queirós will also feature, as well as that of the more contemporary José Saramago and António Lobo Antunes.
According to Público newspaper, over 30,000 books will be available within a 3,000-square-meter pavilion. Exhibits... No Comments / Read More »
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Alan Murphy: The late Alfredo Landa was more than just a star of Spanish comic cinema – he represented a country’s national and generational frustrations.
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Nick Lyne: Chavela Vargas – legend of Mexican music, friend of Frida Kahlo, and sexually liberated hell-raiser – has died.
Chavela Vargas, who attained legendary status through her renditions of Mexican ranchera music throughout much of the Spanish-speaking world in her final years, died on August 3, at the age of 93.
Born Isabel Vargas Lizano in Costa Rica, before being abandoned by her parents as a child, she moved to Mexico aged 17, in 1936. Her arrival coincided with the rise of ranchera music, which like country music in the United States, was initially a celebration of rural values, but soon became a format to explore themes such as the hopelessness of love, the sorrows of which are best drowned in the bottle.
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