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Javier Cercas and Juan Gabriel Vasquez: Truth and Fiction


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Join us for a unique opportunity to share the company of two of the most inventive – and critically acclaimed – writers working in Spanish today, both of them award-winning novelists, translators and social commentators. Spaniard Javier Cercas (The Speed of Light, Anatomy of a Moment), and Colombian Juan Gabriel Vásquez (The Informers, The Secret History of Costaguana) explore their mutual interest in writing, the connections between truth, fiction and history, and the frontier between politics, society and morality. In conversation with Lilit Thwaites.

Javier Cercas and Juan Gabriel Vásquez are in Australia as guests of Adelaide Writers’ Week, a program of the 2012 Adelaide Festival, with the support of the Instituto Cervantes in Sydney.


Javier Cercas

Javier Cercas is a Spanish novelist, short story writer and essayist. His books include The Belly of the Whale, True Tales, The Tenant & The Motive,The Speed of Light and the bestselling Soldiers of Salamis. He has taught at the University of Illinois and for many years was a lecturer in Spanish... Read more

Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Juan Gabriel Vasquez is a Colombian novelist and translator. Born in Bogota in 1973, he studied Latin American literature at the Sorbonne between 1996 and 1998, and now lives in Barcelona. His stories have appeared in anthologies in Germany, France, Spain and Colombia, and he has translated works by... Read more


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