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A day dedicated to the work of Roberto Bolaño at the Cervantes Institute

A day dedicated to the work of Roberto Bolaño at the Cervantes Institute

Numbers of Roberto Bolaño: 70th birth anniversary; 25 years since the publication of the novel The Savage Detectives, 20th anniversary of the author’s death.

Is the contesting charge of The Savage Detectives and other books by Roberto Bolaño still active? This and other issues will be discussed during a day dedicated to the Chilean writer on 19 October at the Cervantes Institute in Kraków (ul. Kanonicza 12), from 12:00 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to 17:30. All people interested in good literature are cordially invited! The event is organised by: Jagiellonian University, Cervantes Institute in Kraków, Conrad Festival.


Marek BieńczykEssayist, prose writer, translator, he works at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2012, he received the Nike Literary Award for Książka twarzy

Anežka CharvátováLecturer at the Institute of Translation Studies at the Charles University in Prague. She has worked as a publisher at three publishing houses. She translates Hispano-American, French and Italian literature into Czech, including the works of Reinaldo Arenas, Ernesto Sábato, Luis Sepúlveda, Adolf Bioy Casares, Mario Vargas Llosa, Roberto Bolaño (Josef Jungmann Prize for the translation of 2666 in 2013; distinction for the translation of The Savage Detectives, 2011), Carlos Fuentes, Fernanda Melchor, Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Guillermo Cabrera Infante (Three Trapped Tigers). She is President of the Association of Literary Translators of the Czech Literary Translator’s Guild. She contributes to literary radio programmes, writes articles and literary reviews. She conducts literary meetings at, among others, the Cervantes Institute in Prague, the  Literary Festival Book World and in the framework of the programme Prague - UNESCO City of Literature .

Zofia GrzesiakWorks as an assistant professor at the Institute of Iberian and Ibero-American Studies at the University of Warsaw. Her doctorate The Phenomenon Of Reading In The Work Of Roberto Bolaño. Strategies And Practices Of Reception Of Author, Characters And Reader (2019) was awarded an honourable mention from the Polish Hispanic Researchers Association. She is currently undertaking the project “Borges and Pataphysics” financed by the National Science Centre, teaches Latin American and comparative literature, and works with students in the the Latin American Literature Study Circle.

Valerie MilesAmerican translator, publisher, writer, she lives in Spain. She currently works at the Prado Museum in Madrid as a literary specialist and director of the scholarship programme “To write the Prado” (Escribir el Prado). She writes for the New Yorker, the New York Times, El País, The Paris Review and many other magazines. She is the founder of the Spanish edition of the Granta magazine. She worked in Roberto Bolaño’s archive for seven years, published three of his posthumous books, as well as curated an exhibition on documents from the writer’s archive at the Centre of Contemporary Culture in Barcelona (CCCB).  

Tomasz PindelTranslator, lecturer at the UKEN in Kraków, expert in Spanish-language literature, author of several books (including. Mario Vargas Llosa. Biografia, 2014; Za horyzont. Polaków latynoamerykańskie przygody, 2018; Historie fandomowe, 2019), co-author of the radio programme Literature on A+ broadcast by RMF Classic. He has translated more than 70 books.

Arkadiusz ŻychlińskiPhilologist, comparatist, translator. Professor at the Institute of Germanic Philology of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. In several published books, he develops his original project of literary comparativism on the development and transformation of recent world literature. In 2015, he edited (with Wojciech Charchalis) the collective monograph Katedra Bolaño; he recently published a volume of critical literary sketches Zwrot przez współczesną. Pryzmaty (2020).

Organisers: Jagiellonian University, Cervantes Institute in Kraków, Conrad Festival

The event is funded by the Excellence Initiative programme of the Jagiellonian University and the Cervantes Institute

19 October, at 12:00 Cervantes Institute in Kraków, ul. Kanonicza 12

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