TEHRAN, May 13 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Iranian Literature Foundation plans to survey Latin American literature in an international congress which will be held in Tehran and Isfahan from May 26 to June 1.
"The plan for holding the congress dates back to 1992 when we decided to introduce distinguished writers of Latin American literature to Iran," congress secretary Najemh Shobeiri said in a press conference on Sunday.
"We have been able to study the works of 70 Latin American writers over the past few years and we have chosen 15 of them to attend the congress," she added.
"The writers are from Chile, Brazil, Cuba, Bolivia, Uruguay, and Mexico, and several of them have been winners of the Miguel de Cervantes Prize," she noted.
The Miguel de Cervantes Prize, which is named after the author of Don Quixote, is awarded annually by the Spanish Ministry of Culture in order to honor the lifetime achievement of an outstanding writer in the Spanish language. In the world of Spanish literature this award is as prestigious as the Nobel Prize.
"One of the major aims of The Iranian Literature Foundation has always been to familiarize the people of this country with world literary works." Shobeiri said.
"Latin American literature has attracted world attention over the last three decades through the publication of outstanding works of fiction. So we decided that our first congress should address this important branch of world literature," she explained.
The congress will be held in Tehran from May 26 to 30 and then it will continue in Isfahan until June 1.
The topics of the three roundtables, which will be held as a sideline of the event, will be "Postmodernism and Magical Realism", "Why Latin American Literature Has Flourished", and "The Process of Evolution in Latin American Literature Over the Past Three Decades".
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