Nicanor Parra Celebrates 100th Birthday!

Nicanor Parra Celebrates 100th Birthday!

Alumnus and Honorary Fellow of Catz Nicanor Parra is celebrating his 100th birthday today, Friday 5 September 2014.

Nicanor is one of Latin America’s most influential contemporary writers and one of Chile’s greatest modern poets. In 2011 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in the Spanish-speaking world.

The Chilean Ministry of Culture is celebrating Nicanor’s milestone birthday with a simultaneous reading of one of his poems across the country, El hombre imaginario. You can find the English translation here.

Ben Bollig, Fellow and Tutor in Spanish, visited Nicanor earlier in the summer. An account of their meeting will appear in The Year 2014.