Mexico, Nov. 10 (Notimex).- Enrique Graue, rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish), awarded “honoris causa” PHDs to 11 national and foreign personalities, among them Cuban writer Leonardo Padura, in a ceremony that took place in the central courtyard of the Palacio de Minería.
Last Wednesday, Padura offered the conference “Havana, city of words”, in an encounter with UNAM students that took place on the Miguel Covarrubias Room of the University Cultural Center.
During the conference he spoke alongside writer Rosa Beltrán, about how the story of his country and the island’s emblematic capital is woven through literature.
Leonardo Padura, awarded with the Asturias Princess Award of Literature in 2015, has cultivated black novel, where he stands out for doing strong criticism of Cuban society, along the constant presence of geography, especially of Havana’s most important neighborhoods.
He has declared himself a follower of the works of Dashiel, Raymond Chandler, Vazquez Montalbán and Leonardo Sciascis, from who he adapted a criminal novel of denouncement, located in the environment of the Caribbean country.
As a central axis of his creation, it’s the saga starring detective Mario Conde, a policeman who wanted to be a writer.
La serie inició con la novela “Pasado perfecto”, publicada en 1991 por la EDUG, la Dirección de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Guadalajara.
The series began with the novel “Pasado perfecto “ (Perfect past), published in 1991 by the EDUG, the Direction of Publications of the University of Guadalajara.
Posteriormente, ha escrito cinco libros que continúan la serie, entre ellos “Vientos de cuaresma”, de 1994, “Máscaras”, de 1997, “Paisaje de otoño”, de 1998, “La neblina del ayer, de 2005, y “Herejes”, de 2013.
Later, he has written five books that continue the series, among them “Vientos de cuaresma” (Winds of Lent), in 1994, “Mascaras” (Masks), in 1997, “Paisaje de otoño” (Fall landscape) in 1998, “La neblina de ayer” (Yesterday’s mist) in 2005 and “Herejes” (Heretics) in 2013.
Currently, Padura lives and works in the island, despite being one of the most critical voices of the Castro government.
On his part, rector Enrique Graue pointed out that the academic origin or nationality of the awarded was not important, but “the avidity for knowledge, generosity to disseminate knowing, his creativity and the independence of his thoughts. For that, they are a cause of honor for our institution and symbols of the University and universality”.
Aside from Padura, Jaime Mario Labastida Ochoa, poet, essayist, philosopher and current director of the Mexican Language Academy, and archeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, researcher emeritus of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH, for its acronym in Spanish) were also recognized.
As well as María Francisca Atlántida Coll Oliva, María de las Mercedes Guadalupe de la Garza y Camino, Luis Esteva Maraboto, Víctor García de la Concha, Enrique González Pedrero, Ranulfo Romo Trujillo, Silvia Torres Castilleja y Josefina Zoraida Vázquez y Vera.