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.
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.
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.
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. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/feb/06/ebenezer-scrooge-most-popular-dickens-character This is the excellent web site from “The Guardian” dedicated to Charles Dickens on his 200th anniversary, back in 2012: http://www.theguardian.com/books/series/charles-dickens-at-200 http://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/dec/16/christmas-carol-charles-dickens-bookclub http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/31/ralph-fiennes-invisible-woman-charles-dickens http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/feb/17/charles-dickens-great-theatre-world-review http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/may/14/charles-dickens-gentlemen-poem-week http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/dec/23/mutual-friend-charles-dickens-200 http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2012/feb/07/live-webchat-simon-callow-charles-dickens http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/from-the-archive-blog/2012/feb/07/charles-dickens-100-birthday-1912 Long live Charles Dickens, his short stories, novels and novellas!
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.
This January is a wonderful month for music because two of the greatest Geniuses of music were born in this month, Mozart and Schubert. My life changed completely with the glorious music of Wolgang Amadeus Mozart and the beautiful Lieder of Franz Schubert. My love for Mozart began with his operas, all masterpieces, Don Giovanni, La Clemenza di Titio, Idomeneo, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, The Magic Flute, just to name a few, are part of my life and Schubert’s Lieder, Piano Sonatas and symphonies touched my heart. And of course, Mozart’s symphonies, Piano Sonatas, String Quartets, Choral and Sacred music and so more of his glorious music is what makes me feel lucky to live in an era that can listen to the complete work of the Genius of Salzburg.
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag Mozart und Schubert!