Among the highlights of this first edition is the workshop that the writer will give Sylvia Iparraguirre, How to start reading Borges; The analysis of Martin Kohan, titled What I understand by Borges and reflection by Carlos Gamerro about Borges and the classics. The Borges Festival It starts on Monday 23 but this Tuesday it opens its registration to talks, readings and workshops.
Trying to account for – or justify – the work of Jorge Luis Borges might seem, a priori, an impossibility: just as The Aleph, that object imagined in one of his stories, proposes the risky hypothesis that there is an instant in which “all our yesterdays, all the present and all the future” converge, his work is in itself a constellation in which genius is multifaceted and timeless, irreducible.
But in addition, he himself seems to have wanted to encompass infinity from a work that unfolds in multiple directions and it crosses very different genres: master of the story, poet, translator, lecturer, critic, essayist and an excellent orator: all are Borges. It is defined by that diversity, which prevents stabilizing a single vision.
The event, however, takes up the challenge.
It will be done in a virtual between August 23 and 28, with the aim of honoring him, revisiting his work and opening doors for new audiences to discover, access and enjoy his texts. And it will feature talks, workshops and readings, all with free access and prior registration Most of the activities will be live and a few will be recorded.
Promoted by the editor and screenwriter Marisol Alonso and the writer Vivian Dragna, is one of a kind: there is no other like it, in the whole world, dedicated exclusively to honoring the most cosmopolitan among Argentine writers.
The young Jorge Luis Borges. On August 23, the only literary festival dedicated to his figure begins. / Photo: Archive
“The idea arose when we realized that in the country there are festivals about other very important authors -Gombrowicz, Shakespeare, etc- but not one dedicated to Borges”, explained Marisol Alonso to Clarion.
“It was born, then, of the reading passion, and of the desire to communicate, as we said, that it is not about an inaccessible writerAs you think, it all depends on which door you enter his work through. It has detective stories, of cutlers, it has philosophical poems and a relationship with the cinema: worlds that allow multiple entries and that the different specialists will address. “
The proposal -which has the support of Fundación Itaú y Mecenazgo- will seek to cover the different profiles of Borges, analyze his influence in the cinema, take a tour of the Buenos Aires that he created in his stories, examine his manuscripts, inquire into the presence of philosophical motifs in the work, to value his reading of the universal classics and to discover the mechanisms with which the author, born 122 years ago, built his poetry.
The same day of the opening, Monday 23 at 18, Santiago Llach -writer and organizer of the World of Writing- will comment on some of the mechanisms with which Borges he built his poetics.
“Against what may seem, Borges he was a writer full of life. That man who perceived himself, as one of his characters, behind glass, had such a creative mind that his texts and poems leave his readers swarming, affected. Reading Borges is adrenaline-pumping, it is mixing art with life all the time, “says Llach.
While the Venezuelan scriptwriter and editor Louis bond will get in at 20 with Borges’s influence on Christopher Nolan’s cinema. And – at 16, he will propose some Keys to understanding Borges.
Buenos Aires by Borges
The Buenos Aires real but also mythical, which in the writer’s work appears as a real city but also as the invented city that the author created with his stories, will be the theme that he will address in The City in Borges’ texts, Tuesday 24 at 18.
As well as the writer Pedro Mairal It will be up to him to analyze the corrections, rewritings and modifications that Borges made on his first three books of poems: Fervor of Buenos Aires, Luna de Frente and Cuaderno San Martín.
“These corrections constitute a change in style and are, in themselves, a lesson in literature “, states the author of Salvatierra, El Gran Surubí and La Uruguaya.
The work “The hidden word” made on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the birth of Jorge Luis Borges. Its author, Gustavo Masó, gave it to Pope Francis. / Photo: Clarín
On Wednesday 25 -at 18-, the American Daniel balderston, author of the book The veiled forerunner. RL Stevenson in the work of Borges, will talk about Borges in his manuscripts,, based on the fact that all the first drafts are eloquent in relation to the fact that they illuminate important aspects of the writer’s composition process.
In the talk you will include some manuscripts that have appeared lately and that are not in in The Borges method, forthcoming in Spanish in Ediciones Ampersand.
Also on Wednesday 25, the journalist Pablo gianera will dive right into in Borges Universe with the question about that that returned to the Argentine writer distinctive, and different from all those who preceded him and those who tried to imitate him.
“Nobody doubts that there was no writer like Borges before him and there will hardly be another like him again – he raises -. Those who pursue originality end up resembling each other. It was not the case of Borges, different from all of them. “
Just like the philosopher Darius Sztajnszrajber, for his part, will board -the 26 at 20- Borges and Philosophy: “From the analysis of some tales of Fictions and of The Aleph, we will address the presence of philosophical motives in Borges’s work and we will embark on the question of the gender frontier: is there something that distinguishes philosophy from literature? “, he asks.
That same day -at 16-, Pablo Gaiano will dictate the workshop Traitor and hero theme.
María Negroni, writer and editor. Close the festival.
The section Borges experience will include interviews with authors and artists who tell how and when they began to read Borges and what encounters or accidents led them to discover their favorite books: in this context, Cynthia edul Y Veronica Abdala they talk to the organizers.
Cecilia Bruzzoni gives a reading workshop on Pink corner man. While Maria Negroni closes the entire orchestra -on Saturday 28 at 20-, with a talk about the presence in Borges’s work of medieval Scandinavian literature and, especially, of Icelandic sagas.
Borges dedicated to this corpus countless poems, essays and even an entire book that he wrote with María Esther de Miguel -titled Medieval Germanic Literatures-. Finally, it will be postulated that this fascination also served him to put the hypotheses of his essay into practice. The Argentine writer and tradition.
Also for the closing day, Saturday 28, the critic and journalist Patrick zunini will address the years when Borges He worked in a municipal library – almost his first formal job – and they finished modeling his career as a reader and his training as an author. It was there that he wrote The Aleph.
You can check the Day by Day Programming at this link.
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