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Pl. Joan Coromines, Barcelona
Wed 12 Oct · 11:30 - 12:45
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Jamaica Kincaid, one of the great voices of Anglo-Saxon literature, talks about the role of the past in the construction of identity in a world marked by the colonial footprint.

Born in Antigua and raised in Dominica, then still a British colony, and sent at the age of seventeen to New York to work as a caretaker, life in these Caribbean islands and the migratory process permeate Kincaid's narratives, which over time have become inescapable for understanding the bitter colonial imprint that colours contemporary society. In her latest pieces, she plays with time and invites the reader to reflect on a universal question: the weight of what we carry from the past in shaping who we are today. Can memory be a place from which to illuminate other ways of explaining who we are and making sense of the world?

Jamaica Kincaid is the author of unconventional novels that mix fiction and memoir such as Autobiografia de la meva mare (Les Hores/Lumen, 2019; originally published in 1996), El meu germà (Les Hores/Lumen, 2022/1997) or Ahora y entonces (Lumen, 2022/2012). Translated into more than twenty languages, she is an essential voice on the Anglo-Saxon and Caribbean literary scene. In this session, she talks to writer and translator Míriam Cano.

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