Havana, Feb 13rd – 26th International Book Fair held in Cuba weighs today the contributions of the Latin American historical novel in the cultures and societies of this continent.
The event that takes place in this capital until February 19 offers much of the literary heritage of Latin America at very affordable prices because some works cost no more than a dollar and others reach the two dollars in its equivalent in the Cuban national currency.
One of the literary passions of the readers of these lands is usually the historical novel, not necessarily clinging to the proven fact, but on the contrary forged on the basis of data or concrete stories and much imagination.
Latin America is the continent where, in the 20th century, literary phenomena such as the boom and post-boom proliferated, where marvelous realism and magical realism granted the creativity of generations that turned their influence on cinema, music, the visual arts and others.
For the Cuban university professor Susana Haug, the historical novel has been one of the great pillars of the literary canon in Latin America and from its origins raised new ways of narrating from the entanglement of history and fiction, and the way to reflect the vast theme of identities.
During a panel on Latin American literature carried out yesterday in Alejo Carpentier room, in the fortress San Carlos de la Cabaña, the scholar exchanged with relevant writers of the continent such as the Argentinean Luisa Valenzuela, the Ecuadorian Raul Vallejo, Peruvian Paolo de Lima and the Cuban Rogelio Riverón.
All the speakers agreed that the perception of the moment lived as historical escapes us many times but, in Valenzuela’s opinion, the sound and fury created by the novel contribute to recover or rescue personalities or events that are not recognized in the official history books.
In the same way, Riverón closed the colloquium with an expression of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, who defined: History is a byproduct of the facts.(Prensa Latina)