Cervantes Week celebrates Brines without award ceremony and many events



Madrid, Apr 19 (EFE) .- The verse "My witness, reader, I put in your hands" and another from "The autumn of the roses" by Francisco Brines, Cervantes 2020 Prize, serve as the motto for the Cervantes Week that will not count this year with the delivery ceremony in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), but with numerous events to celebrate books and reading.

María José Gálvez, general director of Book and Reading Promotion, and Luis García Montero, director of the Cervantes Institute, explained in a virtual press conference the events that will be held in this edition of Book Day and Cervantes Week in the that, for the second consecutive year, there will not be the traditional award ceremony presided over by the kings of the Cervantes Prize at the University of Alcalá de Henares on April 23.

But on that day, after not being able to celebrate last year due to the pandemic and this due to the state of health of Brines, the Kings will go to that Madrid town to preside over the dramatized reading of classics from the Golden Age, together with the Minister of Culture , José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes.

An act in which a video of Francisco Brines reading his poems will be shown and after which the kings will visit the Patrimonial Library of the Cervantes Institute, together with Luis García Montero.

Brines will also be in charge of reading the first lines of Don Quixote on that day in the twenty-fifth edition of the Continuous Reading of Don Quixote organized by the Círculo de Bellas Artes, and which, for the second consecutive year, will be held virtually.

"Fortunately, the current situation is not the same as a year ago, but neither is it normal because we are still in a state of alarm" and that is why all programming activities have to prioritize health and safety, said Gálvez, that However, he highlighted the intention to celebrate and make visible not only Book Day, but the entire Cervantine Week.

The verse "I know that I smelled a jasmine in childhood in the afternoon, but the afternoon did not exist", illustrated by Sonia Pulido, 2020 National Illustration Award, appears on posters not only in all the official languages ​​of the State, but in other languages ​​that are spoken in Spain to celebrate Book Day, explained Gálvez.

Numerous institutions and associations, organizations, libraries, schools and groups will take part in this Cervantine Week with Francisco Brines as the central axis, from the Ministry of Culture, the Cervantes Institute and the University of Alcalá de Henares to the National Library, the Student Residence , the Complutense University of Madrid, the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, the Guild of Editors, the Collegiate Association of Writers or the Brines Foundation, among many others.

Gálvez, who thanked Brines for the generosity he has had with the Ministry of Culture, explained that another of the activities that may not be held this year is the traditional press conference that the Cervantes Prize winner held before the delivery in the National Library for his delicate state of health.

The Cervantes Week, which already has activities this Monday afternoon, will have one of its outstanding appointments on Tuesday at the Caja de las Letras of the Instituto Cervantes, where six renowned writers and three heads of major publishers will deposit their respective legacies in homage to the book.

A legacy that will be deposited by Antonio Muñoz Molina, Manuel Rivas, Bernardo Atxaga, Carme Riera, Luis Alberto de Cuenca and Cristina Fernández Cubas, as well as Pilar Reyes (Alfaguara), Valeria Ciompi (Editorial Alliance) and Manuel Borrás (Pre-Texts) and in which will also include writers such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Arturo Pérez-Reverte and Rosa Montero.

More than 60 events are held in the different centers of the Cervantes, activities with which Spanish and the rest of the official languages ​​of the State will be celebrated, also betting on different literary genres and other disciplines such as cinema or music.

On Wednesday 21, in addition to being held in Soto del Real (Madrid) an act to promote reading in prisons, the Cervantes Institute inaugurates its space in the Center of Resources for Learning and Research (CRAI) of the University of Alcala de Henares.

A space that will have more than 10,000 works on the teaching and learning methodology of Spanish and on applied linguistics, as well as a section on Hispanism, grammars, studies on the lexicon, histories of the language, style books and theory on translation.

In addition, the Library of the Cervantes headquarters in Alcalá de Henares will become the Patrimonial Library of the institution and will be destined to the preservation and research of bibliographic collections of pan-Hispanic literatures and that will be inaugurated with a selection of poetry from the collection of Jesus Munárriz.

On Thursday the Anthology of Francisco Brines "As if nothing had happened" will also be presented in Alcalá de Henares, while the meeting "Poetry with Francisco Brines" will be held at the Student Residence, in a tribute of poets to the 2020 Cervantes Prize .

And the Cervantes Institute will present the book "Historia del Caballero Encantado", the first version of Don Quixote in Chinese, a literary jewel from 1922 that is now published in Spanish in an edition for Spain and Argentina.

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