Spain today: paradigm of a greater reality?
Conversation with Javier Cercas, Ignacio Martínez de Pisón and David Trueba
presented by Bruno Arpaia
A discussion between three of Spain's most respected cultural intellectuals, focusing on the events which, as a result of the recent grave economic crisis, have torn Spain apart over the last two years. Once more at the beginning of 2013, magistrates, lawyers, nurses and blue-collar workers have taken to the streets to strike against the austerity measures imposed by the Spanish government. The crisis also saw the birth of the "indignados" citizens' movement, which has organized mass demonstrations calling for an "ethical revolution" that would place money at the service of mankind rather than the other way round. Can any similarities be found with the current situation in Italy?
Ignacio Martínez de Pisón Cavero
Born in Zaragoza in 1960, Ignacio Martínez De Pisón has lived since 1982 in Barcelona, where he graduated in Spanish and Italian literature. He contributes to the cultural pages of a number of newspaper and periodicals, including "El País" and "Abc".
His first novel published in Italy was Maria bonita (Marcos y Marcos, 2002), which was followed by a children's book, El viaje americano (The American Journey) (Feltrinelli, 2005) and the novels Muerte de un traductor (Death of a Translator) (Guanda, 2006) and Il Fascista (The Fascist) (Guanda, 2010), both set in the era of the Spanish civil war.
David Trueba studied journalism, directed and wrote the screenplays for films. He has published three novels, all published in Italy by Feltrinelli: "Abierto toda la noche" (Open All Night) (1995), "Cuatro amigos" (Four Friends) (1999) and "Saber perder" (Learning to Lose) (2008), for which he won the National Critics' Award for the Best Novel and whose translation into French was a finalist in the prestigious Médicis Award. At the same time he worked as columnist for a number of newspapers.
Sat 16 March – at 5:30 pm
San Francesco Convent