Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
This month, the series of LITERARY WEDNESDAYS, with the support of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE), Baquiana Literary Magazine and the Spanish Cultural Center of Miami (CCEMIAMI), has presented the book VISIONES Y REVISIONES (ENSAYOS DE LITERATURA Y CULTURA HISPÁNICAS) by the Cuban American author Guillermo Arango.
Every second Wednesday of the month, the series named LITERARY WEDNESDAYS invites a different author, in order to go ahead with the contribution to the cultural development of the community and the promotion of the language and literature in Spanish in the United States of America. The programs are coordinated and conducted by Maricel Mayor Marsán, president of the Florida Delegation of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE) and director of Baquiana Literary Magazine.
In this occasion, the invited author joined us in a conversation about his book from the city of Delaware, Ohio, U.S.A.
Title of the book: VISIONES Y REVISIONES (ENSAYOS DE LITERATURA Y CULTURA HISPÁNICAS)
Author: Guillermo Arango
Publisher: Ediciones Baquiana (2020) 212 pages
Comments about the book:
The constancy in the task and in the maintenance of a critic interest throughout the years provides this book. There is not an equal tone in these exegeses but their restlessness is indeed present, saving the differences inherent to any collection of works that appeared dispersed over the years. In this case, as in every compilation, the principal goal has been, maybe, to remember the human adventure of the writer, which is usually joined by the literary adventure, tied to the personality of the man. The author hopes it will make this series of essays into pages full of interest. The works have hereby been compiled, some of which were previously published in magazines, printed and digital; others, nevertheless, whose only purpose implied a reading in a congress or academic meeting, and that now see for the first time the printed word; at last but not least, there is a bunch of them that were patiently waiting in the archives for their turn.
We will never dissolved the mental cramp that induces us to ask ourselves if men are created to the image and likeness of the language, or on the contrary, if what we usually name as language is nothing more that the resemblance and image of men; the itinerary of their footprints also in the written and oral word, in the words alone or in dialogue. The moral of the writer, according to Octavio Paz, is not in the topics or in its purposes, but in his conduct when facing the language.
Our era of electronic communications doesn’t allow us, at least, to imagine that ubiquity is a theological privilege, but human and literary. The writers indicate how to speak but only the good critics, according to Montaigne, can teach us how to listen. Nowadays, it is not enough that writers, critics and reporters say things one time, regardless of how astonishing they may be, because what they say, normally, it is of little interest and soon it is forgotten. It is possible that Gide was right when he affirmed that everything has already been said but, since nobody listened, it is always necessary to begin once again continuously.
Information about the author:
He was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba. He is a poet, narrator, essayist and playwright. He studied Art, Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Saint Thomas of Villanueva (Cuba) and Literary Creation at Loyola University (Chicago). For many years he has been a professor at the university level, as well as a film critic. He has published six books of poetry. The most recent is: Ceremonias de amor y olvido (Linden Lane Press, 2013). He has published three books of short stories with Ediciones Universal: Gatuperio (2011), El año de la pera, tradiciones, relatos y memorias de Cienfuegos (2012), and El ala oscura del recuerdo (2013). He has published six books of short plays with Ediciones Baquiana: Teatro ─ Todos los caminos, Nube de verano, La mejor solución (2016); Teatro II ─ Los viejos días perdidos, Entre dos, Encuentro, Ensayo de un crimen (2017); Teatro III ─ Retablillo del amor rey: Un testigo veraz y La petición de Rosina, Una proposición decente, Las dos muertes de Gumersindo el indiano, Romance de fantoches (2017); Teatro IV ─ Mañana el paraíso, Noche de ronda, La corbata roja, El uno para el otro, Mi hermana Vilma, Dos trenzas de oro, El plato del día, Espejismo, Coto de caza, Los pescadores (2018); Teatro V ─ Adagio, Un lugar para vivir, La ruta de las mariposas, El parque de las palomas, El viento que pasa (2019); and Teatro VI ─ Hoy es siempre todavía, La recepción, La familia de Adán, Propiedad en venta, A la luz de un relámpago (2020). He has been the recipient, in three different occasions, of the Scholarship of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has won several prizes in the categories of poetry and prose. In the 2008, his dramatic piece Todos los caminos (All the roads), was awarded the International Prize of Theater Alberto Gutiérrez de la Solana, sponsored by the Pan-American Circle of Culture in New Jersey. In October of 2016 he was distinguished with the Ohio Latino Award for his literary excellence. He has resided for several decades in the State of Ohio, USA.
Information about the presenter:
MARICEL MAYOR MARSÁN
She was born in Santiago of Cuba. She is a poet, narrator, playwright, essayist, editor, literary critic, translator, director of the Editorial Board of Baquiana Literary Magazine, numerary member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE), and a correspondent member of the Spanish Royal Academy (RAE). She has published more than twenty books in different literary genres. Her most recent books of poetry are: Rumores de Suburbios (2009) and Miami / poemas de la ciudad – poems of the city (2015). Of theater: Trilogía de Teatro Breve (2012) and Las Tocayas (2013). Of essays, notes and literary reviews: Crónicas Hispanounidenses (2014). Her work has been partially translated into several languages, as well as published in magazines and anthologies in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and the USA. She has received some awards and acknowledgements in Chile and the United States. She participated in the writing of the first “Encyclopedia of Spanish in the United States” (Yearbook of the Cervantes Institute) in Madrid, Spain (Santillana, 2008). The publishing house Holt, Rinehart & Winston included her poetry in the text books: Exprésate(2006- 2010) and Cultura y Lenguaje (2007-2010), used in the study of Spanish in middle and high schools throughout the United States. In the year 2010, she was selected among the most outstanding 100 Latinos of Miami for her work and contribution to the culture.