Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Culture: Introducing Cervantes [To Jamaicans]

Author of the 2nd most translated book after the Bible, and considered by many to be the "father of the modern novel" Miguel de Cervantes is nevertheless largely unknown to Jamaicans. 

THE Embassy of Spain, in partnership with the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation and the Edna Manley School of Drama, present a dramatic play reading at Redbones Blues Cafe on Argyle Road in St Andrew, on Thursday. Start time is scheduled at 7:00 pm.

The event, which is free to the public, is entitled Cervantes Celebration and is part of the 400th anniversary celebration of the death of Spanish writer, who died in 1616 at age 68.
Directed by Pierre Lemaire, director of School of Drama at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Cervantes Celebration will feature Michael String Bean Nicholson, Jean Paul Menou, and Edna Manley College’s drama students.

Carmen Rives, chargé d’affaires — Embassy of Spain, said the aim of the occasion is to introduce Cervantes to the Jamaican public.
“His writings deal with every day challenges of the human experience.

Rives said she’s hoping the occasion will be a personal one and that a discussion segment will be held after the readings.

“It’s all about enjoying Cervantes,” she added.

Cervantes is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language. In addition to Don Quixote, his other works include Novelas ejemplares (Exemplary Novels), the Viaje al Parnaso (Journey to Parnassus), and Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda (The Works of Persiles and Sigismunda).

He was born September 29, 1547.

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