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World Library and Information Congress:
70th IFLA General Conference and Council

"Libraries: Tools for Education and Development"

August 22th - 27th 2004, Buenos Aires, Argentina





Tomás Eloy Martínez
Keynote Speaker at the Opening Session

Tomás Eloy Martínez, a famous Argentine novellist, will be the Keynote Speaker at Opening Session of the World Library and Information Congress in Buenos Aires, August 2004.

Title: "The book in Globalization times"

Tomás Eloy Martínez
© Photo by Gonzalo Martínez

Mr. Eloy Martínez was born in Tucuman in the north of Argentina, in July of 1934. It was there that he graduated in Literature, later going on to Paris where he completed his doctorate, writing his thesis on Borges. His intense and committed journalistic activitiy has obliged him to spend various periods in exile. Currently he is the director of Latin American studies at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

In his novels one can appreciate, apart from his literary talent, his capacity for obtaining and organising historical documents carefully guarded by all the sectors that have played a role in the Argentine drama of recent years. This is particularly true for his books La Novela de Peron and Santa Evita.

A Short Biography

Tomás Eloy Martínez was born in Tucumán, Argentina. He studied Spanish and Latin American Literature in Universidad de Tucumán and got his MA in l’Université de Paris. He was awarded with Honorary PhD by seven universities in Latin America and Europe.

Since 1995 is Distinguished Professor and Director of Latin American Program at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Since 2000 is also the Director of the Center for Hemispheric Studies. The same institution appointed him in February 2000 as Writer in Residence.

From 1984 to 1987 was Professor of Latin American Literature at University of Maryland, and from 1980 to 2003 has delivered lectures and seminars in dozens of American and European universities, including Harvard, Texas at Austin, Yale, Princeton, Washington at Seattle, SUNY at Buffalo, NYU, Emory, Duke, Freie Universitat in Berlin, UPenn, Penn State and many others.

He was a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington DC, and he won a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

He has written four books of essays, five novels, two books of journalism and one collection of short stories. The essays are: Estructuras del cine argentino (1961), Retrato del artista enmascarado. The Poetry of Ramos Sucre (1981), El sueño argentino (1999) and Réquiem por un país perdido (2003). His journalistic books: La pasión según Trelew (1973 and 1996) and Las memorias del General (1996). His short stories’ collection: Lugar común la muerte (1979, reissued 1998). His novels: Sagrado (1967 and 1969), The Perón Novel (1985, translated to 12 languages), La mano del amo (1991, translated to four languages), Santa Evita (1995, translated to 36 languages: the Argentinian most translated book) and El vuelo de la reina (2002), which won the Alfaguara International Novel Award. That book was launched simultaneously in Spanish and Portuguese and was translated to 17 languages (some translations in progress). In September 2004, London’s Bloomsbury will publish his novel The Tango Singer.

Tomás Eloy Martínez was executive editor of the Argentine’s weekly magazines Primera Plana and Panorama (in Buenos Aires), editor of La Opinión (Buenos Aires), El Nacional (Caracas) and Página 12 (Buenos Aires). He founded and was executive editor of El Diario de Caracas. Since 1995 he is columnist of The New York Times Syndicate, La Nación, Buenos Aires and El País, Madrid.


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