The general director of Books and the Promotion of Reading, María José Gálvez, received today the “Guest scroll” from the hands of Caroline Fortin, the representative of the Canadian Organizing Committee.
Under the slogan “Spilling Creativity”, Spain’s program as Guest of Honor 2022 will be based on the international success of Spanish literature, strengthening its expansion in Germany, while discovering new voices in its publishing market.
Spain is Guest of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2022 after Canada passed them the baton this afternoon in a ceremony held on the last day of the Fair at the Festhalle in the German city.
Juergen Boos, president of the Frankfurt Book Fair, has sponsored the delivery of the “Guest scroll” (parchment of the Guest of Honor) by the representative of the Canadian Organizing Committee Caroline Fortin to the general director of Books and the Promotion of Reading, María José Gálvez.
“Spain is, like Canada’s motto, plural and very unique. And we want to present ourselves as bigger and more diverse. We want to open a window to the world in Frankfurt, present the creativity and diversity of Spanish culture and literature, and delve deeper into the cultural ties between the two countries ”, highlighted Gálvez.
The general director stated that the Spanish project is the result of “teamwork”. She thanked the work of public institutions, such as the Ministry of Culture, AC / E (Spanish Cultural Action), AECID, Embassy of Spain, Instituto Cervantes and ICEX, and the sector. “We are already working hand in hand with the entire sector, including the Federation of the Publishers Guild or CEDRO, among others,” she added.
The project Spain Guest of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2022 is directed by the Ministry of Culture and Sports through the Directorate General for Books and Reading Promotion, together with Acción Cultural Española (AC / E) and the Federation of the Guild of Publishers of Spain.
For his part, Boos has valued the creativity of the Spanish project: “From the far north, we now look to southern Europe, to Spain, a country sparkling with its spilling creativity ’, expressed in a multitude of languages.” Boos thanked the Spanish Committee of Guests of Honor for agreeing to postpone his appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair for a year. “We look forward to a country whose multilingualism is still very unknown to many German readers,” he stressed.
In 2019, Canada contributed to the “Guest Scroll” with a poem by Georgette Leblanc. This tradition is expanded each year with a brief literary contribution by the following Guest of Honor.
On this occasion, Spain has presented texts by three Cervantes Award-winning authors: Antonio Gamoneda, Ana María Matute, and María Zambrano. The excerpts belong to the speeches they made when they received the highest recognition for their creative work in the Spanish language:
“The book carries with it the will to create pleasure. It carries with its effects in which there is something that resembles salvation, an interruption of pain. All poetry, including that derived from suffering, cruelty or injustice, is aimed at creating a form of pleasure ”. A. Gamoneda
“The time in which I invented was a very childish and very fragile time, in which I felt different: I stuttered, more out of fear than because of a physical defect. And I bring this to mind explaining my strangeness, my total, absolute dedication, to what I later learned was called Literature. And that has been, and is, the saving light of many of my storms.” A. M. Matute
“All‘ Don Quixote ’is a human revelation, but not too much yet, which is also found in this, novel and protagonist in the place and time of dawn. It could not be otherwise in that character who suffers the dream of freedom, that dream that, at a certain hour, so uncertain, is unleashed in man ”. Maria Zambrano
Before the delivery ceremony, the writer Manuel Vilas has participated in an encounter with Canadian author Dany Laferrière.
“The role of literature is to find a light that illuminates the reader. It is the author who must introspect, even into the darkness, to enlighten others”, Laferrière stated.
To close the ceremony, the Spanish Brass quintet, winners of the 2020 National Music Prize, performed pieces by Isaac Albéniz and Joan Manuel Serrat, among others.
Under the slogan “Overflowing Creativity” the program of Spain as Guest of Honor 2022, organized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, through the Directorate General for Books and the Promotion of Reading, together with Acción Cultural Española (AC / E ), and the Federation of the Publishers Guild of Spain. Its main objective is the international promotion of Spanish literature, strengthening its expansion in Germany, and discovering new voices in its publishing market.
Since 2019, Acción Cultural Española and the Ministry of Culture and Sports have awarded more than 800 grants to translate Spanish words into different foreign languages. From 2019 to autumn 2021, they estimate that more than 300 titles were translated into German alone.