Can you believe it’s been 70 years since sock hops were in, seatbelts were optional, and drinking one cream soda with two straws was considered a good date? God bless 1949. It’s also been 70 years since Alberto Camus, the iconic French philosopher, visited Buenos Aires, and some of the city’s most important artistic epicenters are here to make sure you get your Camus on. Let your existential dread run wild – for a reason other than Sunday’s PASO primaries – with a week-long celebration of one of the world’s best literary minds (he’s got the Nobel Prize to prove it).
So what’s happening around Buenos Aires? Read on, and make sure you mark your calendars.
This past Monday, MALBA opened the week’s festivities with visual presentations of The Stranger in comic strip and illustrated adaptations. The featured artists explored the way that Camus’s writing impacted Argentina and can be reimagined in modern day. Don’t worry if you missed it! The illustrations will also be displayed in La Plaza del Lector outside of the National Library starting on Friday, August 16th at 7 PM.
Today, Tuesday, at 7 PM, the National Library is hosting a reading of letters sent between Albert Camus and Victoria Ocampo (editor of the literary magazine Sur, feminist icon, and all around boss lady). The letters will most likely be about the work they did translating The Plague into Spanish for the Argentine masses to brood over, but who knows what juicy secrets might spill? If you’re as nosy as I am, you’re in luck. Entrance to the event is free.
On Wednesday at 7 PM, actor (and eye candy) Eliseo Barrionuevo is scheduled to read fragments of The Plague at MALBA. Following the reading there will be a screening of Luis Puenzo’s 1992 film adaptation at 7:30 PM. All you film nerds take note, Puenzo and his crew will be at the screening to discuss the cinematic vision that drove the film.
On Thursday, theater legend Oscar Martinez will read The Stranger to an audience at the National Library at 7 PM. Following the reading, Juan Carlos Kreimer and Jacques Ferrandez will be discussing their process of adapting Camus’ 1942 novel into a graphic novel fit for 2019.
On Friday at 7:30 PM, the National Library will inaugurate the exhibit “A Stranger in Buenos Aires” and officially unveil the original manuscript of The Plague which is on loan from the French National Library. This is the first time that the manuscript has been shown outside of France (can you say, Oh mon Dieu!), and can be visited by the public starting August 19th until February 1st, 2020 from 9 AM-9 PM on weekdays and 12 PM-7 PM on weekends.
MALBA | Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415 | Wednesday – Monday, 12 PM – 9 PM | Web
Biblioteca Nacional Mariano Moreno | Agüero 2502 | Monday – Friday 9 AM – 9 PM, Saturday – Sunday 12 PM – 7 PM | Web