Despite his recent independency from Spain in 1968, Equatorial Guinea, the only nation state in African in which Spanish is an official language, it is still largely unknown by post-independency generations.
Donato Ndongo Bidyogo (1950), talks about African intellectuals and their role in the face of dictatorships. Exiled in Spain, the renowned Equatoguinean writer, journalist and essayist is one of the most prominent voices of post-colonial Afro-Hispanic Literature from Equatorial Guinea. Profoundly committed to his country and explorations of the African identity, his work confronts the effects of colonialism as well as his ambivalent post-colonial condition as an African-European intellectual. Among his most recognized novels are 'El metro' [The Subway] (2007), 'Los poderes de la tempestad' [The Powers of the Tempest] (1997) and 'Las tinieblas de tu memoria negra' [Shadows of your Black Memory] (1987).
Lecture in Spanish.
Presented by Thenesoya V. Martín De la Nuez
Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (RLL) in partnership with the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard (RCC)