Manuel Rojas Foundation, Santiago – Chile, 19th of January 2013
After a long search, the Manuel Rojas Foundation has come up with the first publication of Manuel Rojas in the Argentinian city of Mendoza, edited 91 years ago. Thanks to LOM Ediciones and the Chilean Literature Annals of the Catholic University of Chile, it was possible to reproduce a similar edition of what is, in fact, the first monographic publication of Manuel Rojas.
“Árbol de Letras” Magazine, Santiago – Chile, 5th of April, 1968
Any central subject, a kind of fixation, would be the key of your vast literary work?
– No. Experience has provided me the themes. I write of what I know, of what life has made me feel. I am a writer who has lived in many settings and had the fortune of entering Chilean literature after knowing much of Argentina and Chile.
This explains the great variety of your scenarios and the natural quality -nothing bookish- of your work. In your narrative flows hundreds of folk characters, workers with paltry wages, vagabonds, criminals, illiterates, humble masters of all trades. These men lives, they prevail on, however, you avoid phonetic reproduction of their language, the linguistic naturalism…
“El Mercurio” Newspaper, Santiago – Chile, 23th of July, 1961
Interviewing Manuel Rojas is like hitting a rock. While talking flatly and smoothly, that belies its sturdy physique, his words weigh less than his silences. You sense the presence of a constant internal monologue, an intimate world that does not support meddlings.
If in his heart there is uncertainty, it is not shown outdoors. His answers and opinions are clear and forethought. He is not an intellectual or a speculative desktop theoretician, but a man who has lived long, who knows action in its various forms. He does not react quickly and brightly. He thinks before speaking. At times he daunt. And always, always, he leaves the feeling of an inscrutable inner world. Not because he did not want to show it, but because he cannot. “Talking was not and is not his weakness”, wrote González Vera, in his Rojas’ fine and sharp portrait.
Rojas himself admits :
– I have a constant daydream of inner thought. When I’m with people, there is a counterpoint between external stimuli and this inner strength.
“Revista Ercilla” Magazine, Santiago – Chile, 17th of December, 1958
Who is the author or authors that have a greater influence on you as a writer? – All the good ones that I have met, from Solomon to Kafka.
To what extent your work reflects the experiences that you have lived?
– The writer is the son of his experiences. An inexperienced writer is an inconceivable being.
What has led you to write now for the theatre? – Having recently studied Eugene O’Neill, the encouragement of some friends and the desire to learn how to do something.
What is the theme of the play that you have written in collaboration with Isidora Aguirre? – It is based on a premise that says: “The evil of poor people is misery, and neither the divine love or human love could save them.” The first part is from Bernard Shaw, the second from the Aguirre-Rojas signature.
Culture and Arts National Council. Santiago – Chile, 27th of September 2012
Brazilian writer Rubem Fonseca won the inaugural Manuel Rojas Award, the equivalent in the field of fiction to the Pablo Neruda Chilean Award for poetry. The decision was held in Santiago – Chile in September 2012 by an international jury. Fonseca is now one of the most recognized Latin American writers, through its crime novels, its dry and sharp writing, he beautifully describes the harsh reality of the slums of Rio de Janeiro.
Parque Cultural de Valparaíso. Valparaíso – Chile, 25th of August 2012
Manuel Rojas was detained in the prison of Valparaiso, as he described in is book Born Guilty. Today Rojas returns to this prison, converted into a Cultural Center, as a poet and as an anarchist.
The event, organized by the Manuel Rojas Foundation alongside with LOM Editions, will present two books that retrieve the literary and poetic legacy of the author: “Un Joven en La Batalla” by Jorge Guerra and “Su Voz Viene en el Viento” by Rodrigo Carvacho.
Berlín Passage, Mapocho Neighborhood. Santiago – Chile, 25th of March 2012
During the summer of 2012, the group of street artists called the Negotrópica Brigade, made a mural of Manuel Rojas in the Mapocho neighborhood of Santiago – Chile.
The central theme of the mural is a portrait of Manuel Rojas accompanied by images that allude to his stories. Added to the painting there is a text that identifies the writer and a fragment of his poem “Tonada del transeúnte”, who says: “I am now an organized singing / chest deep harmonious / from the first morning of the world …”
To mark the centenary of the Manuel Rojas’ Andes crossing, the recently created Manuel Rojas Foundation unveiled its activities in various national media. It was in April 1912 that the author, then 16 years old, arrived in Chile after crossing the Andes on foot with a group of anarchists. This trek was a fundamental experience and marks the author’s beginning in literature, it will be told in several of his stories and novels.
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo – CeAC. Santiago – Chile, 6th of September 2011
“La Oscura Vida Radiante” exhibition opens new perspectives on the artistic interpretation of Manuel Rojas’ work through the abstract art.
The exhibition, named after the latest Manuel Rojas’ novel, was presented in Santiago at the Contemporary Art Center. More than twenty artists, convened by the curator Magdalena Atria, presented various ways to approach abstraction.