HAVANA, Jun 15 (acn) Researchers and experts on the work of Ernest Hemingway will participate in the 15th edition of the International Colloquium dedicated to the Nobel Literature Prize winner, scheduled for June 18-21.
The program includes the 3rd meeting of organizations devoted to study and safeguard Hemingway’s legacy to the world, in addition to the usual theoretical debates on the life and work of the brilliant writer, who lived at Havana’s Finca Vigia, today turned into a museum, the www.cubasi.cu Web site reported on Monday.
This edition of the Colloquium, which takes place every two years, marks, most especially, the 80th anniversary of the first publication of his book “Green Hills of Africa” and the 90th anniversary of the publication of “In Our Time”. Similarly, there will be a tribute to René Villarreal, who was for 14 years Hemingway’s right-hand man.
The headquarters of the theoretical meetings will be the Palacio O’Farrill, located on Cuba and Chacon streets, in the historic center of Old Havana. In that area, many of its buildings also testify to the presence of the great novelist in this city that became part of his life, like the Ambos Mundos Hotel, where he used to spend long periods of time, or the restaurant El Floridita, in which he savored his daiquiri, among other places.
Experts on the life and work of the author of such novels as “The Old Man and the Sea” from different universities and other institutions in the United States and Argentina, among other countries, along with Cuban researchers, will take part in this meeting.
They will be dealing with issues related to the life and work of Ernest Hemingway in the United States, the preservation of his legacy, projects to expand access to information hitherto unknown, and the analysis of some of his works, among others. Similarly, the program of the Colloquium announces the presentation of books like “The Last Lion,” by Professor Richard Koon –Thursday, June 18; and “Hemingway: the unknown” by Enrique Cirules -June 19, Friday.
There will also be visits to Cuban sites that the U.S. writer frequented, such as La Bodeguita del Medio, the El Floridita bar-restaurant and Sloppy Joe’s, all located in Old Havana, and to Cojimar, a Havana coastal area, and its Restaurant Las Terrazas, one of the places where the author of works such as “For Whom the Bell Tolls” used to spend long hours with fishermen, with whom he established a close friendship.
Participants, of course, will visit on Sunday, June 21 (the final day of the Colloquium), Finca Vigia, the only stable home the great U.S. writer really had. During 22 years of his life, the Nobel Literature Prize winner found there peace and inspiration to create works of the likes of “The Old Man and the Sea”.