New Narratives from Spain

Fall Reading-Conversation Series

On Thursday, November 9, with the support of the Embassy of Spain, George Mason University’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages hosted the visit of three outstanding young writers from Spain: Matías Candeira (Madrid, 1984), Álex Chico (Plasencia, 1980), and Juan Gómez Bárcena (Santander, 1984). Each one of them read in both English and Spanish a fragment of one of their novels. Candeira read from Fever (2015), a novel that deals with loss and our difficulty to accept pain and death. Chico read from An End for Benjamin Walter (2017) an essayistic novel that questions the past trying to retrace Walter Benjamin’s escape from Nazi persecution. Gómez Bárcena read from Not Even the Dead (2020), a novel that initiates its narrative journey in recently conquered Mexico to cross five centuries in search of Justice for the oppressed and underdogs of History.

Dr. Mohammad Salama, Chair of the department, delivered the opening remarks and Dr. Rei Berroa, Professor in Spanish, introduced the speakers and led the conversation.

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