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Guest of Honor

 

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2020

Perú

( Nov 27 - Dic 5)

 

Stories that bring us together

The Incas used the Andean ceque lines, a system of imaginary pathways, to organize and integrate Tawantinsuyu. The ceque lines represent the effort that ancient Peruvians made to stay connected to each other, an effort that, over time, has been enriched with our narratives, literature, art, and memory.

“Peru: Stories that Bring us Together” is a reference to that possibility of encountering one another. Our tradition not only enables Peruvians to communicate with each other, but also allows us to build imaginary pathways to other traditions, such as the Mexican one, and to other people, such as the visiting public of the 2021 Guadalajara International Book Fair.  

Mexico and Peru share a very rich literary tradition exemplified, in colonial times, by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and “El Inca” Garcilaso de la Vega. Later, during the 20th century, Peruvian and Mexican authors did not only read each other, but were also very close—such was the case of Blanca Varela and Octavio Paz, or Carlos Fuentes and Mario Vargas Llosa. Movements such as Infrarealism in Mexico and Hora Zero in Peru were in contact and concurred in their poetic principles.

And yet, our connections with Mexico transcend the literary: we share a history of millennia, two hundred years of republican life and a list of pending tasks among which the fight against racism, corruption, and gender violence, stand out.

Peru’s participation as the Guest of Honor at FIL Guadalajara is an opportunity to retrace those imaginary lines that, just as the Andean ceque system, connect us with Mexico, and to enrich them with new pathways for dialog between the two countries. Culture builds connections: the ways in which our cultures materialize inspire, invite discussion and reflection, and, above all, serve as a meeting point between people.