Bangkok Post reviews
For the love of language
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: July 25, 2013 at 8:43 am
Bangkok was designated World Book Capital 2013 by Unesco. To celebrate the occasion, Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Arts is hosting a series of activities to promote Spanish- and Portuguese-language literary works.
Held in collaboration with embassies of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries, namely Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, and Spain, the "Literature in Spanish and Portuguese: Experience and explore the Luso-Hispanic world" festival will take place from Wednesday to Aug 8 (except Aug 4).
The programme will include a vote to determine the favourite words of the two languages, a literary translation contest, and afternoon talks on many interesting topics on Aug 2, Aug 5 and Aug 7-8.
The highlight is a panel discussion on "Thai translations of Spanish and Portuguese Literature" which will be conducted in Thai by National Artist Makut Onrudee and translators and editors on Aug 2 starting at 1pm.
There is also a daily screening of films adapted from literary works of the eight countries mentioned. The show time is 6pm on weekdays and 2pm and 4pm on Saturday.
The eight films include Camila (Argentina, 1984) on Aug 1, O Auto Da Compadecida (Brazil, 2000) on Aug 2, Subterra (Chile, 2003) and Sofia Y El Terco (Colombia, 2012) on Aug 3, La Novena Puerta (Spain, 1999) on Aug 5, Como Agua Para Chocolate (Mexico, 1992) on Aug 6, La Ciudad Y Los Perros (Peru, 1985) on Aug 7 and Jose Pilar (Portugal, 2010) on Aug 8.
Most of the activities will take place in either Room 105 or Room 304, at Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Building of Faculty of Arts. There is no admission charge.
Contact the Embassy of Spain on 02-661-8284_7 or visit www.facebook.com/litspportu2013