The first volume of the Mercedes Pinto Library is presented at the Casa de Colón

Alicia Llarena, professor and specialist in the work of Mercedes Pinto, is behind this edition. / C7

'Al volar', edited by Renacimiento, collects 86 articles that the author from Tenerife published in Cuba's 'El País Gráfico' for a year

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The Casa de Colón hosts the presentation of the first volume of the ten that will make up the first Mercedes Pinto Library. 'Al volar' (Editorial Renacimiento, Seville 2022) collects the 86 articles that the writer from Tenerife published in the Havana newspaper 'El País Gráfico' between 1950 and 1951. The aforementioned presentation will take place next Wednesday, March 16 , at 7:30 p.m.

Professor Alicia Llarena, specialist in the work and figure of Mercedes Pinto, will intervene in the presentation, as editor of the book, as well as director of the new Mercedes Pinto Library, where the remaining nine volumes will be published that will compile the complete work of the legendary author, known in literary circles for her advanced feminist ideas. She will be accompanied by Josefa Molina, writer, journalist and cultural manager, and Belén González, professor of Hispanic Philology at the ULPGC. Admission to the event is free, with prior registration at the link

The Mercedes Pinto Library is the first major compilation of the work of the great Canarian poet, journalist and orator, whose figure has been rescued in recent years, thanks to the academic work of researchers such as Alicia Llarena.

In 1923 Mercedes Pinto gave her lecture 'Divorce as a hygienic measure', which was a milestone in the history of the conquest of women's rights in Spain. This controversial conference was the reason that led her into exile during the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera. Professor Llarena remembers how she found a copy of the document "in the family archive itself, unpublished and forgotten for many years."

Although several of the works that Mercedes Pinto wrote in exile have been published for a long time, the prestigious Sevillian publisher 'Renacimiento' has now set its sights on one of the most important feminist writers and activists in the history of the Canary Islands, up to the to the point of wanting to dedicate an entire library to it.

Throughout the ten volumes, of which 'Al volar' is the first, over the next few years the publisher will publish the complete literary, poetic and journalistic work of Mercedes Pinto, as well as two studies, all coordinated by Alicia Llarena, who recognizes that "the projection that this initiative will have at a national and international level will be a great boost for the dissemination of the figure of this universal Canarian".

The volume presented at the Casa de Colón brings together for the first time the complete collection of articles that, in her section 'Al volar', Mercedes Pinto published in the supplement of the newspaper 'El País Gráfico' in Havana. The complete collection, made up of 86 pieces, at the rate of one article published per week, was recovered by Alicia Llarena in an investigation carried out a few years ago at the José Martí Library in Havana.

There is in her texts diversity and freshness, spontaneity and reflection, in short, an advanced feminist ideology of courageous human commitment. There are also serious meditations on the value of education and pedagogy, as well as the testimony of a time whose prejudices, customs and stale traditions he fights with his pen.

As its editor, Alicia Llarena, advances, valuable autobiographical information is also discovered in the articles, which allows us to delve into the life of the writer and make portraits of unforgettable characters with whom she had the opportunity to coincide, from Buñuel or Xavier Villaurrutia to the whirlwind of the young Lola Flores, to whose dance he dedicates some masterly and beautiful paragraphs. And it is that, although Mercedes Pinto lived in Mexico in the 50s, "she made several trips to Madrid, of which she wrote in her collaborations with the magazine," explains the professor, who adds that, thanks to them, "we get brushstrokes of the cultural and social environment that was lived in the Spain of that time».

The modernity of her gaze on the world is the result of her free spirit, the same spirit that made her famous in her time through her different facets as a communicator. She was magnetic in her talks and conferences, brave in her novels, rebellious and intimate in her verses, and close and affective in her journalistic work, where she links sociological reflection with the lives of all days. In short, a sincere voice that observes human matter with the ability of a naturalist and courageous to expose himself and question the fashions, prejudices and trends of his time, reveals the first volume of the Mercedes Pinto Library.

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