Posted: October 14, 2009
Renowned author Sergio Ramírez Mercado will give this year's Schomburg-Moreno Lecture from 4 to 6 pm on Tuesday, November 3, in the New York Room
Widely regarded as a voice of conscience for a generation of Central Americans, Ramírez is also broadly admired as one of Latin America’s leading writers. A native of Nicaragua, the "land of poets," Ramírez has won numerous international prizes for his novels and collections of short stories, among the most recent of which is Tambor olvidado, his reflections on the submerged African heritage of Central America and the basis for his remarks on November 3.
The annual Schomburg-Moreno Lecture, hosted by the Latin American Studies Program, features a distinguished speaker in Latin American, Caribbean, or Latino(a) studies. The talk is free, accessible, and open to all.
Born in Nicaragua in 1942, the author studied law at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma in León but soon found his calling as a writer of fiction, publishing in 1963 at the age of 20 his first collection of short stories, Cuentos. After several years of self-exile in Costa Rica and Germany, he returned to Nicaragua to serve as a member of the first revolutionary government of 1979. In 1984, he was elected vice president of the country. He is currently Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at Harvard University.
Ramírez is the author of more than 30 volumes translated into 15 different languages. His most famous novels include Castigo divino (Dashiel Hammett International Prize for Novel 1988), Un baile de máscaras (Laure Bataillon Prize for the Best Foreign Novel published in France in 1998), Margarita está linda la mar (Alfaguara Prize for Novel in 1998 and José María Arguedas Latin American Prize in 2000), Sombras nada más (2002), Mil y una muertes (2004), and El cielo llora por mí (2009). In addition to Tambor olvidado (2007), his collections of short stories, historical and cultural commentary include Cuentos completos (1998), Adiós Muchachos, memoria de la revolución Sandinista (1999), Catalina y Catalina (2001), Mentiras Verdaderas (2001), El viejo arte de mentir (2004), and El reino animal, cuentos (2006).
Ramírez is also a columnist for many of the major newspapers of Spain and the Americas.
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