Dedicated books, a dictionary, engravings, a flamenco dress and necklaces are some of the objects that nine outstanding women, including two Latin American writers, have bequeathed this Tuesday to the Letter Box of the Cervantes Institutewho wanted to celebrate Women’s Day in this way.
The act, in which Ukrainian women and the deceased Spanish writer have been remembered Almudena Grandeshas been closed by Nadia Calviño, First Vice President of the Government and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, who has claimed gender equality as a right and “a necessary condition for prosperity and development”.
legacies of Christina Iglesiassculptor and engraver; Lita Cabellutmultidisciplinary artist; Gioconda BelliNicaraguan novelist and poet; Laura RestrepoColombian writer; Mary Millerphilologist and lexicographer (represented by her granddaughter Genoveva Pitarch); Aitana Sanchez-Gijonactress; Maria Vallet-Regíresearcher and teacher; carmen linaressinger, and Maruja Torresjournalist and writer, will be guarded from now on in these safe deposit boxes.
Of the 80 boxes contained in the Caja de las Letras, 30 belong to women, including the 9 today.
The first to deposit the legacy was the granddaughter of María Moliner, who left two copies of the Dictionary of use of Spanish in its first and original edition and has remembered how his grandmother’s work endures over time.
The Nicaraguan writer Gioconda Belli has remembered Almudena Grandes and the generation of her widower, Luis Garcia Montero, poet and director of Cervantes, who, she has indicated, fought against the invisibility that women writers suffered for centuries.
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The contribution has been in part a “legacy promise”, since he had to leave his country to which he has not been able to return and for this reason he will donate two books, one by Gabriel García Márquez and the other by Julio Cortázar. He has also included a copy of his first book “On the Grass” and a butterfly pendant.
Lita Cabellut has delivered a copy of Blood Wedding illustrated by her, in addition to the boots she used in her work, since she premieres a pair with each series, and has dedicated the act to the women of Ukraine, after highlighting the need for art in these moments of uncertainty.
Cristina Iglesias’s legacy has consisted of a 1547 Basque edition by Martin Hoyazábal with the coordinates to travel to Newfoundland for Basque fishermen, as well as five engravings that make up her sculptural work “Midnight Compass”.
The cantaora Carmen Linares has left an anthology that includes all the songs that women have created and recreated throughout the history of flamenco. She also wears the costume that she wore at the Monumental Theater in 1997 when she presented this anthology.
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A little shirt that the famous Colombian poet José Asunción Silva wore after his birth and that was bequeathed to the family of Laura Restrepo has been what the Colombian writer has left, while Maruja Torres, remembering her friends Terenci Moix and Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, has donated two copies of “El peso de la paja” and “Los Mares del Sur”, as well as one of his works, “Esperadme en el cielo”.
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón has bequeathed a book by Rafael Alberti, the uninhabited manone of the first theatrical productions in which she has taken part, as well as a necklace that she wore in a wild godwhile the scientist María Vallet-Regí has left a book on biomaterials, another on the same subject but for children and the story of Marie Curie. (I)
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