After opening the First Book Fair in Andrićgrad, at the Andrić Institute was held promotion of the book “Memories of Inmates”, authors Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro and Mauricio Rosencof, published by the Andrić Institute. Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Vraneš, Head of the Department of Literature, which published this book in the series “Kulture u susretu” (Encounter of Cultures), stressed the importance of translation and publication of such publications that connect different cultures and allow their encounter.
Pablo Sader, Ambassador of Uruguay in Poland, expressed his gratitude for the invitation to participate at the Book Fair, saying that he was honored to be in the company of José Mujica, former President of Uruguay, and one of the main characters that appear in this book, and Emir Kusturica, who was responsible making Andrićgrad a meeting place and a center of presenting different cultures.
Emir Kusturica, the director of the Andrić Institute, thanked José Mujica for his presence at the manifestation, and said that Mujica is a man who deeply experiencing the real world, and where different languages are not a barrier to its positive energy spread among people who do not speak Spanish. The people who wrote this book he called freedom fighters, noting that the Uruguayan nation shares the same human trait with the Serbian people.
José Mujica recalled the years spent in prison. “Those years of solitude, spent without a book, taught me to speak with what’s in my head. I was lucky that I was already mature. In my youth, I devoured books, and that previous reading was like dead leaves that accumulate under the tree. Loneliness made me think, and it’s changed my personality. It was the most fruitful period of my life, because I was constantly asking myself questions.”
Book “Memories of Inmates”, published by the Andrić Institute, is for the first time translated from Spanish to Serbian.