On Thursday, November 13, the Department of Spanish’s Fall 2014 writer-in-residence, acclaimed novelist Antonio Soler, presented an event (in Spanish) entitled “En torno a mi proceso creativo: orígenes y trayectoria de Lilí.” The event took place at 7PM in Bosler 208.
Soler read his short story “Lilí” and then discussed the story in the context of his creative process.
Here is the opening to his story:
“El nombre verdadero de la bailarina Lilí era Hortensia Ruiz, y aunque en realidad nunca llegué a conocerla, supe los entresijo de su historia gracias a mi hermano, que siempre había querido ser artista y se había ido a Barcelona para trabajar en un cabaret y de ese modo cumplir su sueño.”
Antonio Soler is the author of eleven novels. He has also published thousands of opinion articles in Diario Sur and El Mundo. Soler has been awarded several of Spain’s major literary prizes, including the Nadal Prize for his 2004 novel El camino de los ingleses (later a film directed by Antonio Banderas, for which Soler himself created the screenplay), the Premio Primavera in 1999 for El nombre que ahora digo, and the National Critics Prize in 1997 for Las bailarinas muertas. Soler was a Dickinson writer-in-residence in 2000 and returns fourteen years later to continue work on his twelfth novel.