Friday, December 16, 2005

Books, literary polemics, satanic governments and Mexican migration

An interesting report of the Latin American International Book Fair (FIL), by Kent Paterson, starting with the question:
Where can one find the Holy Bible, lucha libre, Che Guevara, bracero stories, children's fairytales, and narco-corridos all in one place? (...)
Polemics enlivened the literary conclave, in one instance sparked by Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa warning Mexicans not be seduced by "populism." The South American literary star's rejoinder was immediately interpreted as an attack on the Mexican presidential candidacy of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, prompting a sharp rebuke by Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska, who declared that Vargas Llosa should mind his own business.

More controversy permeated the FIL when the family of the late, famed Mexican author Juan Rulfo demanded that their relative's name be removed from the fair's prestigious literary award because of disagreement over how the prize is being awarded, which this year went to Spanish-born Mexican writer Tomas Segovia. Rulfo's family also was miffed by negative comments Segovia reportedly made about Juan Rulfo. Countering that his words had been misunderstood, Segovia told television personality Carmen Arestegui he didn't look for the award.

You can find the article here.

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