‘Solitude’ International Reading at TAMIU April 19

‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’
International Reading at TAMIU April 19

Just as characters revisit the fictional town of Macondo, members of the Texas A&M International University’s Club de Español Siglo XXI (21st Century Spanish Club) invite the public to revisit, or visit for the first time, Gabriel García Márquez’ Nobel Prize winner “One Hundred Years of Solitude” Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 116.

This event, “One Hundred Years of Solitude: Forty Years Later Facing the Reader” (Cien años de soledad: Cuarenta años despues frente al lector), is free and open to the public.

“With this event, the Spanish Club Siglo XXI, will join the world celebration of the first 40 years of ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude.’ In many countries, in many different languages, people are organizing public readings of this work,” explained Dr. José Cardona-López, Club faculty advisor and associate professor of Spanish.

“In our celebration at TAMIU, we will have the opportunity to listen to the music that is present in that novel as well,” added Dr. Cardona-López.

“The Club de Español Siglo XXI (21st Century Spanish Club) in cooperation with some faculty members will perform a reading of excerpts from ‘Cien años de soledad’ to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the publication of the famous novel. Students and faculty will read from the Spanish original, and to highlight the novel’s international appeal, from translations into English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and Persian,” added Lola O. Norris, Club member and International Language Institute director.

“One Hundred Years of Solitude” is the story of the Buendia family and the growth and changes in a small South American town.

“I read it for the first time in my freshman year in college around 1971 and it opened my mind to the world of literature and Latin American literature. Since then, I’ve read it three times and I want to be part of this international celebration,” said Rogelio H. Hinojosa, Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library associate librarian.

“I read this novel for the first time in the fall of 1999 and I have been rereading my favorite parts of the book ever since,” TAMIU graduate student Patricia González gave as her reason for participating in the event.

“I have read the book more than once and I have enjoyed it again and again, finding new meaning with each new reading and taking pleasure in García Márquez’ amazing facility with the Spanish language. What a well-deserved Nobel Prize!,” said Norris.

Norris will read an excerpt in Italian, with the original Spanish text projected on the screen during all the readings.

“Others will read in Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese and Persian. This highlights both the amazing success of the novel all over the world and the international character of our University,” said Norris.

For more information, please contact Dr. Cardona-López at 326.2690 or cardona@tamiu.edu or visit offices in Anthony J. and Georgia A. Pellegrino Hall, room 314F.

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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