Third Biennale Kafka/Borges – Prague/Buenos Aires
Franz Kafka Society in cooperation with the Argentinean foundation Fundación Internacional Jorge Luis Borges is preparing the biennale ‘Kafka/Borges – Prague/Buenos Aires’ for 16th–26th April 2012. Cultural events will take place at the Cervantes Institute, the Czech Centre Prague and in other places of the capital city. The encounter of the Argentinean and Czech cultures will revolve around two writers of world renown – Franz Kafka and Jorge Luis Borges. It will also remember the writers Ernesto Sábato and Arnošt Lustig. The works of the two namesakes, the leading writers of their countries, concluded the last year.
The guest of the biennale will be the writer María Kodama, the widow of J. B. Borges. She will open the exhibition Borges’ Atlas (El Atlas de Borges), a collection of 130 photographs and texts that were written on their journeys together in various countries. The exhibition will be presented in Berlin, in Paris and will come to Prague from Milano. María Kodama will be in Prague on 16–17 April.
Another guest of the biennale will be Mario Sábato, a son of the writer Ernesto Sabato. Mario Sabato is a significant figure of Argentinean cinematography. At the biennale, he will introduce two of his films, The Power of Darkness from 1979 and the document Ernesto Sabato, My Father from 2008. After the screening of the two films, there will be discussions with the author.
Within the festival, the audience may visit literary evenings, readings and the seminar Argentine Literature in Bohemia as well as the performance Panic by the contemporary playwright Rafael Spregelburd.
The Biennale will be ceremonially concluded by a ‘Concert in Honour of Two Countries’ in the Spanish Synagogue, where works by Janáček, Dvořák and Piazzolla will be performed by the Stamic Quartet and other artists.
The biennale will be supported by the ministries of culture and education of both countries, the town halls of the cities of Prague and Buenos Aires as well as numerous other institutions.
Entry to all the programmes is free of charge!
A detailed programme is attached.
Ernesto Sábato is one of the leading Argentinean but also Latin American writers. He was born in Rojas, a small town in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1911. Although he completed his studies in physics at the National University of La Plata, he devoted his entire life to literature. He is known as the author of the novels The Tunel (El túnel, 1948), On Heroes and Tombs (Sobre héroes y tumbas, 1961), The Angel of Darkness (Abaddón el Exterminador, 1974) and several books of essays, such as The Writer in the Catastrophe of our Time (El escritor y sus fantasmas, 1963), published in the Czech Republic as Spisovatel a jeho přízraky. He died in 2011 before reaching 100 years of age.
Arnošt Lustig is one of the most renowned after-war Czech writers and publicists of global importance. He was born in Prague in 1926; at the age of fifteen, he was transported to Terezín and survived concentration camps including Osvětim. He became famous as the author of an entire range of works with the theme of the Holocaust; his best-known works include the books of stories Noc a naděje (Night and Hope), Démanty noci (Diamonds of the Night), Ulice ztracených bratří (Street of Lost Brothers), the novellas Dita Saxová (Dita Saxova) and Modlitba pro Kateřinu Horovitzovou (A Prayer for Katerina Horowitzova), and the novels Miláček (Darling) and Krásné zelené oči (Lovely Green Eyes). He died in 2011 at the age of 84 years. From the foundation of the Franz Kafka Society in 1990, he was its Honorary President, and he was a guest of both preceding Kafka/Borges biennales.