Carlos Fuentes, Third Year od his Death Anniversary

Remembering the great Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes in his third death year anniversary. Carlos Fuentes was author of many celebrated novels and essays. In his obituary, the New York Times described him as “one of the most admired writers in the Spanish-speaking world” and an important influence on the Latin American Boom, the “explosion of Latin American literature in the 1960s and ’70s”, and The Guardian called him “Mexico’s most celebrated novelist. La Región más Transparente (Where the Air Is Clear) La Muerte de Artemio Cruz (The Death of Artemio Cruz), Aura, Terra Nostra, Gringo Viejo (The Old Gringo, in which later the made a film adaptation starring Gregory Peck, Jane Fonda and Jimmy Smits) and Los años con Laura Díaz (The Years with Laura Diaz) “La Silla del Águila” (The Eagle’s Throne) in which, by the way, this was the famous book that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto confussed in his now historical “Three Books” scandal that he couldn’t answer in the International Book Fair of Guadalajara in 2011. Carlos Fuentes was a very good friend of Cellist and writer Carlos Prieto and of Nobel Prize in Literature Gabriel García Márquez. Carlos Fuentes passed away in May 15th of 2012 at age 84.
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, first death year anniversary

Gaby Leon's photo.
  • Nobel Prize of literature 1982. One Hundred Years of Solitude is his most famous novel.

Today, April 17th of 2015, we commemorate the first death anniversary of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.
His most famous novels are, of course, “One Hundred


Today, April 17th of 2015, we commemorate the first death anniversary of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.
His most famous novels are, of course, “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “The Autumn of the Patriarch”.
Gabo, as was known affectionately in Latin America, passed away on April 17 of 2014, at age 87 in  his home in Mexico City. (Gabo had many years of living in Mexico) Many tributes were dedicated to Gabo both in Mexico and his native country, Colombia.
A beautiful memorial ceremony was held in the Palace of Fine Arts (El Palacio de las Bellas Artes) in Mexico City.
Thousands of readers not only from Mexico but also from many other coutries of Latin America came to this ceremony to honor Garcia Marquez, many, holding with their hands, his most famous books like “One Hundred Years of Solitude” or “Love in the Time of Cholera”.
In the special, memorial ceremony… there were flags of both Colombia and Mexico and the Presidents of both countries (Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos and Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto) attended. And at the end of the ceremony, many “Mariposas Amarillas” were around to say goodbye to our beloved Gabo.
And when we think of Gabo, we think, of course, of Macondo. heart emoticon His most famous book, “One Hunderd Years of Solitude” is the second most read book of the Spanish language and literature, after “Don Quijote de la Mancha” de Miguel de Cervantes.
Gabo was an important figure of the famous “Latin American Boom” (of Latin American literature in the 60s and 70s) along with other writers like Carlos Fuentes (Mexico) Julio Cortázar (Argentine) and Mario Vargas Llosa (Perú)

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Günter Grass y Eduardo Galeano

Ahora que nos acercamos a los aniversarios luctuosos de Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Octavio Paz y Gabriel García Márquez.. Este Lunes, 13 de Abril del 2015, las letras están nuevamente de Luto, hoy fallecieron dos grandes de la literatura, Günter Grass, Premio Nobel de literatura y el escritor Uruguayo Eduardo Galeano.

Günter Grass, un gigante de las letras, autor de la célebre “El Tambor de Hojalata” y ganador del Premio Nobel de literatura  falleció hoy a los 87 años de edad.

Edurado Galeano, autor de  Las venas abiertas de América Latina y Memoria de Fuego, falleció hoy a los 74 años.



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Sergei Rachmáninov

Este pasado 1 de Abril se acaba de conmemorar el aniversario natalicio del extraordinario compositor y pianista Ruso Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Si alguien me preguntara que pieza musical me llevaría a una Isla desierta, esa pieza sería el concierto para Piano y Orquesta No. 2, de Rachmaninov, no tengo las palabras exactas para describir la belleza de su concierto para Piano y Orquesta No. 2.


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Octavio Paz

Today is March 31th and it is the birthday anniversary of Mexican writer, poet, essayist Octavio Paz, Mexico’s only winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and one of the most important poets of the XXth century.  Octavio Paz was,  one of the most important intellectuals of Mexico and Latin America.   Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1990, Octavio Paz was born in Mexico in 1914 and passed away in April 19th of 1998 at age 84.  His literary movement was  Surrealism. Besides of being an important intellectual and writer, Octavio Paz was also a diplomat, first he was ambassador of Mexico in France and later ambassador of Mexico in India.
It is difficult for me to describe the entire work of Octavio Paz in just a few words in Facebook because his work was huge, versatile and complex.  And I don’t know what I like more about Octavio Paz,  if his poetry or essays, because he was both an extraordinary Poet and essayist.
His most famous work is “Labyrinth of Solitude” in which Octavio Paz makes an importan analysis of Mexico and the Mexican personality. His greatest poem is “Piedra de Sol” (Sunstone – Pierre de Soleil) and one of his most important books is “Libertad bajo Palabra” (Liberty under Oath) in which has a compilation of his poetry, including his majestic “Sunstone”.
In my opinion, his greatest essay is “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz o las Trampas de la Fe”, in which Octavio Paz makes a very important and provocative study of the life and work of Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz, Mexico’s most important female poet of the Baroque era.  In this book, Octavio Paz not only makes very important observations about Sor Juana and her poetry but also about the life of Mexico in the Baroque times (When Mexico was known as “The New Spain”), something that not many intellectuals have done.  And one of the most important studies of Octavio Paz in this book was his analysis of Sor Juana’s most important and most complex poem…. “Primero Sueño” (First Dream… or simply the Dream) comparing her poem to Mallarmé’s “Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard”.
“El Arco y la Lira” (The Arc And The Lyre) is another excellent book by Octavio Paz in which he makes a very imporant study of poetry and it’s place in history. The Poetry was Octavio’s most important passion.
In “Cuadrivio” Octavio Paz made an important essay of 4 poets, Rubén Darío, Ramón López Velarde, Fernando Pessoa and Luis Cernuda.
And  the art was another passion of Octavio Paz, in which he also made important studies of modern art, from Diego Rivera and Jackson Pollock to  Rufino Tamayo and the book “Los Privilegios de la vista” is a good example of the dedication that Octavio Paz had for the modern art.
One of the most important influences on Octavio Paz was French Literature (specially André Breton, Charles Baudelaire, Paul Valéry, Albert Camus and Marcel Duchamp) and culture, in which Octavio Paz once said that it was his “Second Country” and an excellent book that I recommend to read and study the life of Octavio Paz in France is “A passport without a country” (Una Patria sin pasaporte).
Another important influence on Octavio Paz was  American-British writer,  essayist and poet T.S. Eliot.

Besides of France and India, Octavio Paz also lived in Japan, in which he translated into Spanish the works of many important Japanese writers and poets, like Matsuo Basho, for example.

Remembering Octavio Paz in his 101 Birthday anniversary.

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Charles Dickens anniversary

On February 7th we celebrated the Birth Anniversary of one of the most celebrated writers of the Englsh language, Charles Dickens. Born in Porsthmouth, England, on February 7th in 1812,  Charles Dickens learned and knew, at a very early age, the cruelties of life. He had to leave school because his father was sent to jail, because of a debt problem.  Even thought that Charles Dickens didn’t receive too much education, he later became one of the most important writers of Great Britain with many short stories, 15 novels and newspaper articles. Under the pseudonym of Boz, “The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club” or better known as the “Pickwick Papers”, was the first novel of Charles Dickens. David Copperfield is the most autobiographical of his novels. A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby are some of the most famous works of Charles Dickens and many of them have been adapted for theatrer and cinema countless of times. Did you Know? Acording to “The Guardian”, Ebenezer Scrooge, is the most popular Dickens character. This is the excellent web site from “The Guardian” dedicated to Charles Dickens on his 200th anniversary, back in 2012:   Long live Charles Dickens, his short stories, novels and novellas!

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Ruben Bonifaz Nuño, Segundo Aniversario luctuoso

Hoy, 31 de Enero del 2014, se cumple el segundo Aniversario luctuoso del clasicista y poeta Mexicano Ruben Bonifaz Nuño.

Su muerte fue una de las más grandes pérdidas para las letras Mexicanas.

Ruben Bonifaz Nuño dejó un enorme legado a la cultura Mexicana con sus brillantes traducciones del Griego Clásico y del Latín al Español.  Se pueden leer sus excelentes y fieles traducciones en los libros de la Editorial UNAM como por ejemplo “Las Metamorfosis” de Ovidio, “La Ilíada” de Homero, “La Eneida de Virgilio” y “Cármenes” de Catúlo.

La contribuición de Bonifáz Nuño a la letras y cultura Mexicana es de enormes proporciones. Una pérdida irreparable pero por fortuna, tenemos los libros de sus poemas, que son de un nivel de erudición muy alto y de sus excelentes traducciones.

En un México, en la que absurdamente (y en otros países de América Latina) le lloran a un cómico como “Chespirito”, el segundo aniversario luctuoso de Ruben Bonifaz Nuño es más doloroso para los que aman y se preocupan por la cultura y pensamiento en nuestro país.

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