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Imagination in the Pursuit of Democracy

Lecture by Marilynne Robinson



In this lecture, one of the activities for the launch in Europe of her most recent book Lila, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson will speak about the role fiction might play in constructing democratic imaginaries.

Literature helps us to get inside the skin of the Other. The empathy and compassion in many works of fiction question our perspectives and relativise our convictions. In this regard, the writer’s commitment would be to build bridges between people and encourage acceptance of difference, which is essential for the construction of a more democratic society. What role can imagination play in creating a better world?

Marilynne Robinson, who has received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, is a novelist and essayist. Notable among her books are Gilead (published in Spanish by Galaxia Gutenberg, 2011) and Home (published in Spanish as En casa by Galaxia Gutenberg, 2012). Her latest novel, Lila, has just been translated into Catalan (Edicions de 1984) and Spanish (Galaxia Gutenberg).

Presented by: Jenn Díaz, a novelist known for her books Belfondo (Principal de los Libros) and Es un decir (Just Saying, Lumen). She has recently published Mare i filla (Mother and Daughter, Amsterdam), her first novel in Catalan.

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