PRESENTATION OF SELECTED POEMS BY MEXICAN WRITER HOMERO ARIDJIS
London, United Kingdom, 16th April 2015.- The Mexican writer Homero Aridjis presented his book ‘An Angel Speaks: Selected Poems’, at the headquarters of the Swedenborg Society.
The former Ambassador of Mexico to the Netherlands, Sweden and UNESCO, read in front of a group of intellectuals, diplomats, writers and guests, excerpts from his new book that collects 17 poems.
As part of its participation in the London Book Fair, where Mexico is the guest country (Market Focus), the writer considered that part of the responsibility of Mexican writers is "remember what Mexico is, a country of reconciliation, a country of human values, a country with history and great art".
As a co-host the Ambassador of Mexico Diego Gomez-Pickering referred to the story of some diplomatic-poets such as Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda and Octavio Paz, and recalled that Aridjis is part of that tradition with over 40 books translated to 12 languages besides being recognised by Luis Buñuel, Yves Bonnefoy, Jorge Luis Borges and Octavio Paz, Mexican Nobel Prize in Literature.
Aridjis's work is credited with several international awards including the Dian-Novedades Literary Prize for his outstanding novel in Spanish “Memorias del Nuevo Mundo; The New York Times Notable Book of the Year” (1991) and the Grinzane Cavour Prize for “1492, Life and Times of Juan Cabezon of Castile”, among many others.
He also chaired the PEN writers association besides two poetry festivals in Mexico City where he gathered Jorge Luis Borges and Günter Grass (who died this week) And will head in 2015 the Swedenborg Society.
The presentation of the writer, on 14th April, was part of the literary programme of the Year of Mexico in the UK. For more information about events, please visit the Internet site: http://mexicouk2015.mx/