Dominican Republic shines at the Madrid Book Fair

The Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to UNESCO, Andrés L. Mateo, delivered the keynote lecture “Marcio Veloz Maggiolo: life and work” in the auditorium of the National Library of Spain, in the presence of the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the Kingdom of Spain, Juan Bolívar Díaz and the Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Aníbal De Castro. This event is part of the important program that the Dominican Republic and its embassy in Madrid have programmed for the Book Fair.

The event, which was also attended by the president of the Escuela Superior de Igualdad Real, Humanidades, Comunicación y Cultura, began with welcoming remarks by the Library’s Director of Culture, Ángel Martínez Roger, who introduced Ambassador Mateo and spoke about Maggiolo, of whom the Biblioteca Nacional de España has 28 of his works.

Ambassador Andrés L. Mateo then began his presentation by introducing Marcio Veloz Maggiolo as a Renaissance man in the 21st century as an outstanding Dominican novelist, short story writer, playwright, archeologist, poet, anthropologist and historian. He then presented in detail his most important works: El buen ladrón, La vida no tiene nombre, Los ángeles de hueso, De abril en adelante, Florbella, Materia Prima, Uña y carne, memorias de la virilidad, among others.

At the end of the lecture, an exchange of questions and answers took place between the audience and Ambassador Mateo.

“Marcio Veloz Maggiolo: life and work” is the first of the Dominican Republic’s activities at the eightieth Madrid Book Fair. The agenda will continue until September 23.

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