Alianza Francesa’s October book fair, “Leer es una Fiesta,” will conclude Tuesday with a debate called “Celine and the return of Censorship” at 7 p.m.
Participating will be writers Carlos Cortes and Guillermo Barquero, and philosopher Pablo Hernández. Also involved will be the Central American regional adviser for cooperation and culture, Daniel Lefort.
Louis Ferdinand Céline died July 1, 1961 and is hailed as one of the best French writers of the 20th century. The writer is considered controversial in France, and the French minister of culture, Frédéric Miterrand, decided to not pay the official tribute on the 50th anniversary of Céline’s death, said the alliance.
“The writer deserves all the literary celebrations by his indisputable genius, but to put his pen at the service of a repugnant ideology, anti-Semitism, does not fit with the principle of national celebrations,” said a statement from the minister.
This decision has created disagreements among the literary community. For this reason, the cultural alliance is holding a debate on the topic.
Entrance to the debate, which begins at 7 p.m. is free. It will be held in Alianza Francesa de Barrio Amón Tuesday.