Liudmila Ulitskaya receives Friday in Las Palmas . the Formentor Prize

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Whip of Vladimir Putin, Russian writer and returning Nobel candidate descends from Ukrainian Jews and lives in exile in Berlin

Russian writer of Ukrainian descent Liudmila Ulístkaya will receive the Formentor Prize this Friday in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, presented to her in April by the foundation of the same name. Ulístkaya, a recurring candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature, will be the protagonist of the Formentor talks, which have been linked to this itinerant prize for two years and which stop in the Canary capital. Satyrs, villains and mangantes. Great Liars of Literature’ are the titles of sessions that bring together authors, translators, critics, publishers and informants from all corners of the world and interests on the island.

The highlight of the program is the intervention of Ulítskaya, originally from the Urals and descendant of Ukrainian Jews, until now virtually unknown in Spain, but who has aroused a wave of attention. Edited by Anagrama, Alba, Lumen and Automática (in November) Ulítskaya is a whip for Vladimir Putin and has been living in exile in Berlin with her husband since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine.

Liudmila Ulístkaya (Dablekánovo, age 79) is a biochemist, writer and screenwriter who has opposed Putin’s regime for years and is the author of fifteen fiction books, children’s stories and plays that have been translated in more than fifteen countries. It adds nearly five million readers for titles like “Alik’s Merry Funerals,” “Daniel Stein, Interpreter,” “Sincerely yours, Shúrik,” “Women’s Lies,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” or “Sóniechka.”

The jury that awarded it last April did so “for the powerful narrative breath with which it captures the subtlest emotions of the human soul, the sensitivity with which the epic of people thrown into the labyrinth of the world, the delicacy with which it narrates .” restores the dignity of men and women subjected to the despotic chance of misfortune, and to the exquisite nature of his characters and their undulating, sharp and dazzling conversation».

With the ironic message conveyed by the title, the conversations are «a tribute to the tradition of charming and sardonic literature; an invention of the Spanish Golden Age,” said Basilio Baltasar, director of the foundation. “For writers, this means celebrating the books that have allowed us to laugh big at the ferocity of villains and the ever-trusting human gullibility,” he says. “We will have to learn to be careful and to recognize the criminals around us, benevolently and with the necessary caution,” adds the director of the fifteenth edition of the Conversations, which is “streamed” through the channel of the foundation’s website will be broadcast.

Writers and intellectuals such as Diamela Eltit, Félix de Azúa, Ana Merino, Manuel Vilas, Bárbara Blasco, Jordi Amat, Vicente Molina Foix, Bárbara Blasco and the editor Antoine Gallimard take part.

The prize was awarded in the spirit of the legendary Hotel Formentor, which until three years ago organized the presentation and the lectures in the north of Mallorca. It went through Seville and now it arrives in the Canary Islands. Endowed with fifty thousand euros, it has the patronage of the Barceló and Buadas families and recognizes “the quality and integrity of the works that consolidate the prestige and cultural influence of literature.”

Founded by a renowned group of European publishers, including Carlos Barral, Claude Gallimard, Giulio Einaudi, Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt and Barney Rosset, it was first convened in 1961. Its first period included Jorge Luis Borges, Samuel Beckett, Saul Bellow Jorge Semprun and Witold Gombrowicz. Recovered in 2011, in the second stage it was received by Carlos Fuentes, Juan Goytisolo, the recently deceased Javier Marías, Enrique Vila-Matas, Ricardo Piglia, Roberto Calasso, Alberto Manguel, Mircea Cãrtãrescu, Annie Ernaux, Cees Nooteboom or César Aira.

In this edition it is hosted by the literary Santa Catalina hotel, a reference in Las Palmas social life since 1890 and where figures such as British President Winston Churchill, the Prince of Wales and now King Charles III of England have passed. or the writer Agatha Christie. Also the soprano María Callas, the actress Ava Gardner, the actor Gregory Peck during the shooting of the movie ‘Moby Dick’. Among the Spanish guests, members of the Royal House, former presidents Felipe González and José María Aznar, and artists such as Julio Iglesias or Lola Flores.

Source: La Verdad

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