The Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico, National Museum of Mexican Art, University of Chicago - Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Center for Latin American Studies, Loyola University, DePaul University, University of Illinois in Chicago, Contratiempo and Hoy Newspaper present a series of four panel discussions with Mexican writer to explore the social, political and philosophical themes raised in their books. They will also investigate how Mexican and American literature, history and culture differ, inform and influence one another.
Sabina Berman is a playwright, storyteller, essayist, and film and theater director. She is one of the most prolific and daring writers of her generation and in the Spanish language. Her work deals mainly with the issue of diversity (human and animal) and its obstacles: the striving for domination, with its derivatives (authoritarianism, violence, discrimination).
Her style features humor and irony, the distrust of all official discourse, subversion, the need to go beyond both sexual and theatrical boundaries, and the use of language itself. She is a four-time winner of the National Playwriting Award in Mexico (Premio Nacional de Dramaturgia) and the Juan Ruiz de Alarcon Award (Premio Juan Ruiz de Alarcón). She has twice won the National Journalism Award (Premio Nacional de Periodismo), in 1999 and 2007. Her plays have been staged in the Americas, and her novel, Me (La mujer que buceó en el corazón del mundo), (Moi in French) has been translated into 11 languages and published in 33 countries.
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