The School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics was pleased to welcome Argentine writer Carlos Gamerro, who visited Limerick for two days during the first week in October. Mr Gamerro is one the most renowned contemporary writers in Argentina. The author of five novels in which he explores traumatic events of recent Argentine history (such as the Malvinas/Falklands War and the repression carried out under the military dictatorship of 1976-1983), he has also published five books of literary criticism and one collection of short stories. His work has been translated into French, German and English. Three of his novels have appeared in the latter language: An Open Secret (2011), The Islands (2012) and The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Perón (2015).
At UL, Mr Gamerro took part in two interdisciplinary events. On Monday 5th he participated in a special session of the School’s recently-launched Research Seminar. To an audience of over 60, including students, faculty, and members of the public, he delivered a paper exploring links between Irish and Argentinean literature with a focus on two of these countries’ major writers: Jorge Luis Borges and James Joyce. On Tuesday 6th Mr Gamerro conducted a workshop for postgraduate students in Spanish and from the MA in Creative Writing. This workshop was planned in collaboration with Professor Joseph O’Connor.
Mr Gamerro’s visit was sponsored by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and was part of the ISLA Literary Festival, organised by the Instituto Cervantes Dublin and co-sponsored by the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Ireland.