Author Ana María Shua will give an open lecture in the Nordic House in Reykjavík, on Friday 11 September at 15:00.
In this talk, Ana María Shua will cover microfiction in Latin America, a genre dating back to the first decades of the twentieth century. She discusses the 1955 anthology of Borges and Bioy Casares, writers from the South of the continent, as well as the works of Arreola and Monterroso from the North. She mentions the development of the genre over the past thirty years and also introduces the question of the place of origin of microfiction in Spanish: whether Latin America or Spain can lay claim to it. Other topics discussed will include the influence of European authors and the difference between the microfiction genre in Latin America and the USA.
The lecture will be delivered in English.
Kristín Guðrún Jónsdóttir, Senior Lecturer in Spanish Literature at the University of Iceland, will introduce the writer. Kristín Guðrún has translated a selection of Shua’s work, which has now been published on the occasion of the writer‘s visit to Iceland, in the collection Smáskammtar by Dimma publishing house.
This event is co-organized by the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages at the University of Iceland, The Reykjavík International Literary Festival and the Nordic House.