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Conversation with Gioconda Belli

Miguel Angel Asturias (Guatemalan author, 1899-1974, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1967), reflecting on Latin-American literature, declared that it was not possible for a Latin-American intellectual to become detached from reality. Asturias could not imagine any Latin-American writer assuming a neutral position, since the cultural – and more in general, social – panorama forcefully demanded a space in which to be represented. The work of Gioconda Belli is in line with this poetic approach, in which literature is a mirror which reflects all things Latin-American; from a perspective which focuses on the commitment of women to the political struggle, and with direct experience with the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua, Gioconda Belli has given a voice to the entire country and to a political project which has been able to set aside revolutionary ideals in the face of the democratic choice of the Nicaraguan people.


Susanna Regazzoni
Susanna Regazzoni lectures in Spanish and Spanish-American Language and Literature at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. Her research centres on 19th- and 20th-century Spanish and Spanish-American Literature, and in particular works by women, a subject on which she has published numerous essays and articles. Regazzoni has published a number of books, including Cuba: una escritura sin fronteras (2001), Osvaldo Soriano o la nostalgia dell’avventura (1996), El siglo de Borges (1999) and Homenaje a Adolfo Bioy Casares (2002). She is currently working on numerous international research projects with various Italian and overseas universities.

Tuesday 12 March, 11:00

Università Ca’ Foscari, Auditorium Santa Margherita


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