Casa América in Madrid will pay tribute to Nicaraguan writers Gioconda Belli and Sergio Ramirez Mercado. The activity will take place at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, March 22 —Spanish time—, in the Simón Bolívar Hall.
In the activity there will be a discussion led by the journalist from the newspaper El País and a Spanish writer Berna Gonzalez Harboralso a friend of the two intellectuals declared stateless by the Nicaraguan regime.
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Along these lines, the Nicaraguan writer William Gonzalez Guevara He considered that the tribute will be for his literary career and his fight for democracy in Nicaragua.
For González Guevara, the tribute to Belli and Ramírez “is wonderful because both are the most representative figures that Nicaragua has had and will always have beyond its political struggle.”
He also highlighted the recognition that both novelists have in Europe and “in the world” of Latin American literature. “I believe that awards like the Cervantes for Sergio -Ramírez- or the last one won by Gioconda -Belli- the Jaime Gil de Biedma speak for themselves and not only deserve a tribute, but all the tributes in the world”.
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“This recognition is well deserved (…) and regarding the political struggle I think the position of Sergio and Gioconda is very clear and that freedom and democracy prevail above all else,” he added.
He affirmed that both Nicaraguans are the “two immortal white and blue verses, which Nicaragua always deserved and that even if they take away their nationality, which is absurd, their nationality is carried inside and that even the day they are not with us, they will continue to be because their literature will never die.
On February 15 of this year, Sergio Ramírez and Gioconda Belli were included in a list of 94 Nicaraguans whose nationality was stripped by the Nicaraguan dictatorship, on the grounds that they are traitors to their homeland.
Although both Ramírez and Belli were in exile since before the declaration of the Ortega regime, both have expressed that Ortega’s sentence against them does not make them stateless, on the contrary, they continue to be Nicaraguans.