Our Spanish and Latin American Studies programs are pleased to invite you to a candid conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince: a Colombian novelist, essayist, translator, journalist, and editor.
Abad (b. Medellin,1958) is considered one of the most talented and influential post-Latin American Boom writers. Author of fifteen books, including bestselling novels Angosta (2004), La Oculta (2014), and most recently Salvo mi corazón, todo está bien (2022).
Mr. Abad’s 2005 beloved Oblivion: A Memoir (first published as El olvido que seremos) is a memorial, and an artist’s meditation on absence and memory. It tells the story of his father, Héctor Abad Gómez, a leading public health and human rights advocate murdered by rightist paramilitary gunmen in Medellín in 1987. This book, and his journalistic work, has placed him as one of the most prominent authors in the area of human rights. He has also authored the foreword to the book A Colombian Suitcase: The Colombian Experience of Exile and the Truth Commission (2021).
Hector Abad Faciolince is recipient of multiple awards, including Colombia National Short Story Prize 1980, Simón Bolívar National Prize (journalism) 1998; Primer Premio Casa de América de Narrativa Innovadora (for Basura) 200; DAAD Fellowship (Berlin 2006); Best Foreign Novel (China, 2004 for Angosta); Casa de America, Lisboa (2014); and WOLA-Duke University Human Rights Book Award (2012), among others.
His work has been translated into 15 different languages, and has been brought to screen in a feature film, Haunted Heart (2009), and a documentary, Letter to a Shadow (2015).
Please, note: The event will be held in Spanish. We are glad to offer simultaneous Spanish - English interpretation for a limited number of attendees. If you require interpretation, please let us know when you book your ticket.
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