Poland and Latin America – Literary Relations

Discussing Polish and Latin American literature aspects at the Polish Institute in Berlin

July 18th, 2019
Valeriya Kharchenko, News from Berlin
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On July 18, 2019, Polish Institute and the Embassy of Mexico in Berlin organised the event “Pol-Mex & Friends” to discuss literary relations between Poland and Latin America.

The Polish Institute together with the Embassy of Mexico in Berlin organised the event on the topic of Polish-Latin-American literary relations. The literary evening welcomed such guests as Geishel Curiel Martinez and Agnieszka Hudzik (University of Potsdam) as well as participants of the seminar “Poland and Latin America - Literary Relations” at the University of Potsdam.

The aesthetic affinity of literature from Central Europe and Latin America has long fascinated researchers. Both geo-poetic regions have played a significant role in the development of novel literature in the 20th century. The event, dedicated to these – at first glance somewhat “exotic” – literary connections, discussed literary-cultural exchange between both continents (countries in focus: Poland, Germany, Mexico).

The journey through texts by canonical writers such as Jerzy Andrzejewski, Roberto Bolaño, Jorge Luis Borges, Elena Garro, Witold Gombrowicz, Gabriel García Márquez, Sławomir Mrożek, Fernando del Paso, Sergio Pitol, Virgilio Piñera, Bruno Schulz, Andrzej Stasiuk or Olga Tokarczuk allowed to shed new light on the history of 20th and 21st century world literature.

At the end of the literary event there was a transcontinental musical improvisation.


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