April 10, 2021

The successful epic of a journey from inside the Shara – La Provincia

The successful epic of a journey from inside the Shara - La Provincia

The many concerns of Antonio Lozano, and his searches for initiatives for knowledge between cultures, led him to appear frequently in the pages of this newspaper. A cotinuación reproduce some of the phrases that the writer could pour in successive interviews during the last ten years in LA PROVINCIA / dlp.


Antonio Lozano remembered the beginnings of the Agüimes Festival as "difficult", since "it was seen as a boldness for this municipality to celebrate an event of this kind", but in the end he achieved all the recognition and people like La Zaranda or Eduardo Galeano would attend.


The same day that the writer born in Tangier presented My name is Suleiman at Casa África, he affirmed that "it seems to me fundamental that the institutes talk about immigration, since many children have a rather distorted and incomplete vision of the subject". And he added later: "the book tells not only the adventure of this immigrant from his country, but the inner journey of his character, which has meant for him to start from those great hopes to end up in a nightmare."


Two years later, My name is Suleiman It was a critical and sales success. In one of his conferences, Lozano declared that "fifteen years ago we saw people arriving on the coasts and we believed that there the emigrant's journey began". For this reason the writer moved to the Sahara desert and to the African coasts. "On that trip there are still thousands left on the road, buried in the sands of the desert, or buried in the waters of the ocean." It is "another of the invisible dramas, of those who remain blocked or in a situation of absolute vulnerability, especially of women in sexual exploitation."


Antonio Lozano published his last work written as a novel biography: Nelson Mandela: The change to freedom. The writer recalled that the character of his work "not only achieved the end of Apartheid, but also reconciliation" with those who had been assassinating in a continuous confrontation. "There were incidents, but he explained the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation, following the African humanist philosophy Ubuntu." Precisely, one of the last appearances of Lozano was to present this novel on April 10 at Casa África.


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