Spanish author at Sweet Briar Oct. 16

Posted on October 10, 2008 by Staff Writer

Sweet Briar College’s International Writers Series continues Thursday, Oct. 16 with Spanish writer Luis Goytisolo. Goytisolo will lecture and read from his work at 7:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room of Sweet Briar’s Cochran Library. The lecture and reading will be in Spanish. Admission is free.

Goytisolo is author of many novels, travelogues and op-ed pieces. His novel “360° Diary” was recently translated into English by SBC Spanish professor Pam DeWeese. At the event, DeWeese will read from the English language version of Goytisolo’s novel.

DeWeese’s translation of “360° Diary” was released by Peter Lang Publishing in March 2008. It was the first of Goytisolo’s novels to be translated into English. “I have thought for a long time that something of his should be translated into English so, during my last sabbatical, I made it my project,” DeWeese said.

“I didn’t know if I would like translating — or would be any good at it — and certainly this author’s work is very challenging, given its richness of language and image, plays on words, levels of meaning, etcetera, but I tried it and really enjoyed it.”

DeWeese, who has taught at Sweet Briar for more than 15 years, has worked with Goytisolo for more than 20. While a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she wrote her dissertation on his work.

She also wrote a book, “Approximations to Luis Goytisolo’s Angagonia” about his 1,500-page novel, and a biography on the author for the Dictionary of Literary Biography.

“Of course, being able to consult with the author was wonderful,” DeWeese said. “I felt more confident that I was capturing his meaning, especially in difficult passages. [He] and I chose this novel from among his other works because the diary format makes it very easy to read for someone just becoming acquainted with his work, and yet the novel employs many of his major themes and [is] a good demonstration of his style.”

For more information on the lecture and reading, contact DeWeese at or (434) 381-6171.

Following Goytisolo in the International Writers Series will be South African novelist and playwright Zakes Mda. He will lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 12 and read from his work on Thursday, Nov. 13. Both events begin at 8 p.m. in Memorial Chapel and admission is free.