“Nada que declarar” – a book by Teresa Ruiz Rosas

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If you happen to be in Luxembourg on the 29th of April 2017, don’t miss the chance to meet Peruvian writer Teresa Ruiy Rosa who will present her latest book “Nada que declarar”.  Written in Spanish, the book deals with the theme of women trafficking and migration, through the stories of two women, between Peru and Germany and is currently being translated into French.

The event is part of Time for Equality’s campaign “Learn/Share/Take Action” aimed at raising awareness on human trafficking and modern day slavery by making use of films, books and art. Learn more about Time for Equality here and find more details about the event here.

Teresa Ruiz Rosas was born in Arequipa, Peru in 1956. She studied literature and linguistics in Arequipa, Budapest, Barcelona and Freiburg and was a finalist for the 1994 Premio Herralde de Novela and the 1999 Juan Rulfo prize for short stories, awarded by the Instituto Cervantes in Paris.

Alongside her writing, she also translates German and Hungarian literature into Spanish. Ruiz Rosas lives in Cologne.

Novels:

 El copista

Barcelona: Anagrama 1994, 126 p.

German:  Ammann 1996

Netherlands: Wereldbibliothek 1998

La falaz posteridad

Lima (Peru only): Ed. San Marcos 2007, 368 p.

La mujer cambiada

Lima(Peru only): Ed. San Marcos 2008, 164 p.

Germany: Ralf Liebe Verlag

Wer fragt schon nach ‘Kuhle Wampe.’

Von der Liebe und anderen Gemeinheiten

Weilerswist: Ralf Liebe Verlag 2008, 320 p.

 Stories:

 El desván

Arequipa: La Campana Catalina 1989, 112 p.

German:Gallucci Verlag 1990

 Detrás de la Calle Toledo

Lima: Antares Artes & Letras 2004, 84 p. (trilingual: English, German, Spanish)

Das Porträt hat Dich geblendet

Bonn: Free Pen Verlag 2005, 192 p.

(bilingual: German, Spanish)

Venezia e unica!

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Piazza San Marco

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Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

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Venetian masks

gondolas

The Venetian gondola was the primary form of transportation in Venice from the 12th century until speedboats roared into the canals in the late 20th.

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The island of Burano in the lagoon of Venice

bona giornataThis is just a small glimpse of how much Venice has to offer. Having spent 3 days in the Venetian lagoon, I didn’t have enough time to see everything in the area. I highly recommend it as a weekend get-away, nonetheless if you want to travel around the somewhat lesser known islands of Murano, Burano, Lido or Torcello, you need to spend at least 4 to 5 days in the region.

Great food, the central island of Venice is well-organised, while the timing couldn’t have been better – mid March, just before the tourist season kicks in and one week before the Easter break.

 

I origins – Film Recommendation

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Synopsis:

I ORIGINS (2014), the second feature film from writer and director Mike Cahill, tells the story of Dr. Ian Gray, a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab partner Karen, they make a stunning scientific discovery that has far reaching implications and complicates both his scientific and spiritual beliefs. Traveling half way around the world, he risks everything he has ever known to validate his theory.

In this thought-provoking drama, two renown molecular biologists make a mind-blowing discovery that may unlock the greatest mysteries of life.

Review:

I truly loved the film for its approach, soundtrack and settings, with director Mike Cahill doing an excellent job casting Michael Pitt and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey to play the main characters.

Although the main subject of the film is supposed to be the evolution of the eye and the scientific endeavours of a small team of young researchers, while watching the movie, you are set to discover two opposing worlds, different lifestyles, beliefs and definitions of life.

Sofie, played by Astrid Bergès-Frisbey comes as a breath of fresh air both in the life of PHD student Ian Gray and in the storyline of the film itself. You get to love, yet pity Sofie instantly. Her innocence and true commitment to spirituality and life become a leitmotif in the first part of the film, bringing a balance in the life of atheist, science-devoted Ian Gray.

While their beliefs and lifelong engagements have nothing in common, whatsoever, love is sure to bring them together, inviting audiences to reflect on the idea of a coexistance, of a interdependance between real proof and man-made hope, agnosticism and hard-core science.

While watching this movie, I came to realise that eyes are truly the gate to one’s very soul. Despite its strong commitment to find an explanation for the evolution of the eye, Ian Gray falls victim to the labyrinths of Sophie’s eyes, discovering worlds that he not only never knew they existed, but which will change his life forever.

As I previously mentioned the soundtrack, I particularly liked the song ”Dust it off” by The . Long after the film was over, I was still listening to this tune, letting myself immersed in the world created by the sounds, lyrics and the voice of lead singer Olivia Bouyssou Merilahti.

Have you watched the film, yet? What did you make of it? I would love to hear whether you agree or disagree with my brief review of the 2014 drama “I Origins” by Mike Cahill.