Javier Cercas: New Spanish Literature

Javier Cercas: New Spanish Literature

One of Spain's most translated contemporary writers is back in New York to participate in several lectures and discuss his latest books.

Javier Cercas' U.S. tour will include a presentation of Soldiers of Salamis and screening of the film followed by a roundtable discussion on the process of transforming the written text into a movie.

He will also discuss his work as a fiction writer and his incursions in non-fiction literature, including his latest English translated works Anatomy of a Moment and The Speed of Light.

Javier Cercas is a celebrated Spanish novelist, short-story writer, and essayist. His best-known work, Soldados de Salamina (2001), has sold more than 500,000 copies in Spain, has been published in more than 20 languages, and was made into a feature film. His latest novel, Anatomía de un instante (The Anatomy of a Moment), is a chilling reconstruction of the attempted coup in the Spanish Parliament on 23 February 1981, when army insurgents sought to bring fascism back to democratic Spain.

Cercas taught Spanish at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an currently teaches Spanish Literature at the University of Girona, in Spain.

New York area events

Screening and discussion at Montclair State University in NJ
On November 27th at 5:30 pm. Screening and discussion of Soldiers of Salamis (Soldados de Salamina). In English.
On November 29th at 1 pm. Discussion of The Speed of Light. In English.
Lecture by Javier Cercas at Columbia University
On November 28th at 4 pm at Columbia University-Casa Hispánica, room 201.
Javier Rioyo in conversation with Javier Cercas at ICNY
On November 30 at 6 pm at the Instituto Cervantes New York.
Javier Cercas will discuss various themes that arise in his work: the influence of the past on the present; the reflection the past casts in literature. For the writer, the past is a dimension of the present. Cercas will explore Spain's relationship with its recent past (the transition to democracy after Franco's dictatorship) and reflect on the reasons for the success of Soldados de Salamina and the influence it has had on his career path. Cercas will also present the translations of Anatomía de un instante (The Anatomy of a Moment) and La velocidad de la luz (The Speed of Light).
  • Literature
  • New York
  • Nov 27, 2012Nov 30, 2012


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Organized by Montclair State University in collaboration with Columbia University and the Instituto Cervantes New York.