Instituto Cervantes pays tribute to Miguel Hernández
The event took place on the occasion of the presentation of a new edition of Hernández’s Complete Works, which are coming out this year to commemorate the 75th anniversary of his death.
The event was co-chaired by Juan Manuel Bonet, Director of Instituto Cervantes, and Emilio Bascuñana, Mayor of Orihuela, the town where Hernández was born. It was attended by the Spanish Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo; the editor of the Complete Works, Jesucristo Riquelme; the Spanish philologist Víctor García de la Concha (former Director of Instituto Cervantes); and Lucía Izquierdo, Hernández’s daughter-in-law.
‘Miguel Hernández is part of our heritage as Spaniards. He connects us all, as does every honest approach to culture. His poems go beyond any oversimplifying analyses and get to the core of beauty. They capture a moment and, in so doing, they have become eternal,’ Mr Méndez de Vigo said.
Mr Riquelme talked about the research carried out for the publication of these new Complete Works: ‘Hernández’s poems are complex yet easy to understand,’ he remarked.
Instituto Cervantes and the town of Orihuela have been working together on several Miguel Hernández-related initiatives. All the Instituto Cervantes libraries will get a copy of the new Complete Works. In addition, the Mayor gave Mr Bonet a first edition of Perito en lunas, Hernández’s earliest book of poems, published in 1933. It will be kept in a vault known as ‘La Caja de las Letras’ for three years.
In return, the Department of Culture at Instituto Cervantes will update its library holdings in connection with Miguel Hernández and add questions about the poet and his work in the CCSE exams.
In addition, a series of lectures on Miguel Hernández have been jointly organised to be held in Orihuela, featuring several Miguel de Cervantes Prize laureates.
Finally, the 4th Miguel Hernández International Conference is being held in Alicante, Orihuela and Elche from 15 to 17 November, under the title, ‘Miguel Hernández: A Poet in the World’.
Miguel Hernández around the world
In addition to the events in Madrid and Alicante, Instituto Cervantes has planned activities in 58 branches and over 150 certified centres around the world: presentations of translated works in French and English, discussion panels, and so on in France, UK or USA, among other countries.