Spanish writer talks on literature, journalism

ARMADA tells the situation of Bosnia’s capital during the 90s war in his book, “Sarajevo.”

Spanish writer Alfonso Armada will conduct a talk in Metro Manila next week for the “Encuentros en la literature” (Encounters in Literature) program organized by Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain and the Philippine Chapter of the PEN Club.

Alfonso Armada believes it is possible to do great literature by doing excellent journalism

Entitled “The Only Limit Between Journalism and Literature is… Truth” and to be delivered in English, the event will be held on 6 November, 6 p.m., at the Intramuros branch of Instituto Cervantes de Manila, located at Plaza San Luis Complex, Real St.


Armada believes “it is possible to do great literature by doing excellent journalism.” In his talk, the Spanish writer will elaborate on the closed links between journalism and literature, and “the pact that the journalist signs with the readers: you can invent nothing. The search for truth is the goal.” In times of disinformation and fake news, he asserts that “honest journalism is needed more than ever, since it’s the key to understanding reality that is as complex as it is exciting.”

“Encuentros” features a series of interactions and fora between writers of diverse cultures. It seeks to serve the local community’s cultural life through activities that contribute to the dynamic production of literary writing and the vibrant exchange of creative practices between cultures.

Armada was born in 1958 in Vigo, Spain. He studied journalism and theater in Madrid. He worked for the Spanish newspapers El País (during which he covered Sarajevo and was a correspondent in Africa for five years) and ABC (for which he was a correspondent in New York). Among his books are Diccionario de Nueva York, Mar Atlántico, Diario de una travesía and Fracaso de Tánger.

“DICCIONARIO de Nueva York” written by Armada.

The lecture at Instituto Cervantes is open to the public. Admission is free. For further information, check out Instituto Cervantes’ Facebook page ( or call Instituto Cervantes at (632) 526-1482.

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