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Hear Immortal Voices of Colombian Literature

Updated: May 18, 2021

Colombian Jewels in the Archive of Hispanic Literature at the Library of Congress Part of Embassy’s Virtual Event Series

Those who had the privilege of listening to Gabriel García Márquez's voice know that it was special. His accent, his modulation. The rhythm of his words.

On May 27th at 6:00 p.m. COT | 7:00 p.m. ET, those who did not have that chance and those who did will be able to hear him read of parts of his own book, “The Autumn of the Patriarch,” which was most difficult for him to write. You can register for the free, live event via Facebook on May 27th here.

García Márquez's voice was recorded by the Library of Congress in 1977, and it is in the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape, along with more than 700 recordings of readings made by the most important Spanish-speaking writers since the 1940s. There are 32 countries represented by various writers who were recorded for this collection. The series has been available to the public since September 2015.

During the live, virtual event on May 27th, the Embassy of Colombia in the United States will also offer readings by others by famous Colombian writers, including Germán Arciniegas and Juan Lozano y Lozano.

To talk about these writers and their impact on the history of Colombian literature, Colombian Ambassador to the United States Francisco Santos will moderate a discussion with Colombian author Juan Esteban Constaín; journalist and politician Juan Lozano; and Catalina Gomez from the Library of Congress.

The online chat is part of the Colombian Virtual Experiences Series, created to connect, entertain and illustrate all those interested in Colombian culture. Over the past weeks these events have included live Colombian salsa lessons, birdwatching from home, cooking tutorials with top Colombian chefs and discussions about the “new normality” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Forthcoming events include discussion on the future of written journalism, topics related to the concept of privacy, and Colombian history, among others.

Please join us for this free, online event on Wednesday, May 27th at 6:00 p.m. COT | 7:00 p.m. ET via Facebook. Register here.

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