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27
Oct

The Meaning of Bob Dylan’s Silence

Written on October 27, 2016 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Literature, Music

26kirschWeb-master768In the summer of 1964, Bob Dylan released his fourth album, “Another Side of Bob Dylan,” which includes the track “It Ain’t Me Babe.” “Go ’way from my window/Leave at your own chosen speed,” it begins. “I’m not the one you want, babe/I’m not the one you need.”

That fall, the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre played a variation on the same tune in a public statement explaining why, despite having been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, he would not accept it. “The writer,” he insisted, must “refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an institution, even if this occurs under the most honorable circumstances.” Mr. Dylan was talking to an imaginary lover, Sartre to an actual Swedish Academy, but the message was similar: If you love me for what I am, don’t make me be what I am not.

We don’t know whether Mr. Dylan was paying attention to l’affaire Sartre that fall 52 years ago. But now that he has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, he seems to be following in Sartre’s footsteps. Indeed, Mr. Dylan has done the philosopher one better: Instead of declining the prize, he has simply declined to acknowledge its existence. He hasn’t issued a statement or even returned the Swedish Academy’s phone calls. A reference to the award briefly popped up on the official Bob Dylan website and then was deleted — at his instruction or not, nobody knows. And the Swedes, who are used to a lot more gratitude from their laureates, appear to be losing their patience: One member of the Academy has called Mr. Dylan’s behavior “impolite and arrogant.”

There is a good deal of poetic justice in this turn of events. For almost a quarter of a century, ever since Toni Morrison won the Nobel in 1993, the Nobel committee acted as if American literature did not exist — and now an American is acting as if the Nobel committee doesn’t exist. Giving the award to Mr. Dylan was an insult to all the great American novelists and poets who are frequently proposed as candidates for the prize. The all-but-explicit message was that American literature, as traditionally defined, was simply not good enough. This is an absurd notion, but one that the Swedes have embraced: In 2008, the Academy’s permanent secretary, Horace Engdahl, declared that American writers “don’t really participate in the big dialogue of literature” and are limited by that “ignorance.”

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27
Sep

“Dibugrafías” de José Félix Valdivieso y Miguel Panadero

Written on September 27, 2016 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Literature

 

El Director de Comunicación Jose Felíx Valdivieso y el pintor Miguel Panadero han lanzado el proyecto de crowdfunding para publicar el libro Dibugrafías. Lo habitual cuando se ilustra un texto es que al ilustrador le envíen el texto y de ahí haga la ilustración. Las 51 historias que componen Dibugrafías tienen la particularidad de no seguir ese método convencional, sino el contrario. Miguel enviaba a Jose Félix semanalmente un dibujo, una pregunta visual, para que le diese una respuesta escrita, una historia. Ahora  ‘Míster No’, ‘Los esperadores’, ‘El hombre sin cabeza’, ‘La mujer de las tres ventanas’, o algunas otras, esperan su respuesta.

Si desea leer un adelanto de tres de las 51 historias breves que componen el libro en este link  Si desea más información sobre cómo comprar el libro por adelantado pincha aquí.

 

5
May

IE CELEBRATES World Book Day 2016

Written on May 5, 2016 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE Business School, IE University, Literature

Registration

Registration

Book Crossing

Book Crossing

Theatre II

Drama Contest

Theatre III

Drama Contest

Theatre

Drama Contest Audience

Jury

Drama Contest Jury

21
Apr

La muerte de Ulises

Written on April 21, 2016 by Rafael Puyol in Arts & Cultures & Societies, IE University, Literature

INSTITUTO DE EMPRESA.  PROFESORESPor Rafael Puyol, Vicepresidente de Fundación IE

Los amantes de la novela negra con sabor mediterráneo estamos de enhorabuena con las recientes publicaciones de tres de los autores más consagrados del género: Donna León y “Las aguas de la eterna juventud”; Andea Camilleri, que ofrece “El caso Santamaría”; y Petros Márkaris, con la “Muerte de Ulises”.

Todos son buenos narradores de los avatares políticos, sociales y económicos de los lugares donde viven y en los que transcurrido la mayor parte  de su fecunda vida: Vencia es para Donna León la ciudad de sus novelas; Sicilia, el territorio para las de Camilleri; y Grecia, particularmente Atenas, para las de Márkaris.

Muchas veces he recomendado la lectura de las obras de este autor, armenio de origen, turco de nacimiento y griego de adopción. A través de ellas y del personaje estelar que ha creado, el comisario Kostas Jaritos, se puede seguir la azarosa historia reciente de este país. Su tetralogía de la crisis es la crónica negra de la versión contemporánea de la tragedia clásica. Y ahora, con la muerte de Ulises, Markaris vuelve a tocar un tema actual para Grecia y Europa como es la crisis de los refugiados.

El libro habla de más cosas porque es un conjunto de ocho relatos cortos hilvanados con sutileza, pero los cuentos sobre refugiados constituyen una referencia básica de uno de los dramas humanos más dramáticos que nos ha tocado vivir. Grecia sufre hoy día en primera persona lo que experimentó en sus propias carnes a lo largo del siglo XX, cuando sus ciudadanos, perseguidos en Turquía tuvieron que volver al país.

Márkaris recrea los tres escenarios en los que ha transcurrido su vida: Turquía, Grecia y Alemania. Y refiere historias de los turcos en Alemania y de los griegos en Turquía. Sus vidas, sus azares, sus aspiraciones, sus problemas, las persecuciones a manos de organizaciones xenófobas como los lobos grises en Turquía o Aurora Dorada de Grecia, están descritas con la sencillez narrativa de los grandes maestros. En medio de un drama de tan colosales proporciones, leer a Petros es un soplo de aire fresco.

20
Apr

IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities

Written on April 20, 2016 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE Humanities Center, Literature

One of the key aspects of IE mission, of our whole academic community, is the humanist point of view, the capacity to acquire a different voice in and insight of the world around us, to be able to see and articulate new possibilities of meaning.

In order to foster further the presentation before the whole IE community of such other voices and insights from our students and former students, the IE Humanities Center, our research and teaching  center specialized in the Humanities, convenes in collaboration with IE Foundation the IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities.

The IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities are convened in four different categories: Short story in Spanish and in English, Poetry in Spanish and in English, Short Film and Photography, and they are opened exclusively to students or former students of IE.

The three best works in each category or subcategory will be duly recognized. The prizes, granted by IE Foundation, will consist of a collective print edition of the awarded pieces together with a pen-drive of their digital versions together with the awarded short films. The edition will have a distribution of 1,500 copies, a hundred of which will be given to each winner for their personal, non-commercial use.

We encourage you to participate and show your capacity for expressing yourself with another voice or another insight, so we can all realize it.

If you want to participate or further information, please click here

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