What would you do if you discovered that the remains of your grandfather were stolen from his grave, decades ago? What would you do if you found out that he was now buried close to the man responsible for his death? Joan Pinyol, Catalan writer from Capellades, answers these questions in his last and most impactful book: Avi, et trauré d'aquí! (Edicions Saldonar, 2019), based on his own true story. He will be visiting the East Coast for a week (April/May 2019) and is thrilled to share with US students and community his fight to take his grandfather's remains out of the Valley of the Fallen to properly bury him.
“Unearthing the Anti-Fascist Memory from Franco’s Mausoleum: Joan Pinyol's presentation of Avi, et trauré d'aquí! (Grandpa, I will take you out from there!, 2019) in the East Coast."
Joan Pinyol’s grandfather, Joan Colom, died at the end of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and was buried in a mass grave in Lleida. His family would visit his grave for decades, without knowing that, from 1965 on, they were bringing flowers to an empty sepulcher.
In the late 50s and 60s, thousands of remains of soldiers from the defeated side were exhumated, without permission or knowledge of the families, and taken from all over Spain to the Valley of the Fallen: the infamous mausoleum that Franco, Spain's dictator from 1939 until he died in 1975, built for the glory of the fascist victory.
Joan Pinyol randomly found out about his grandfather's destiny in 2008, and, since then, he has been fighting and struggling to take his grandfather out of Franco's burial site, without success.
Organized by the Global Languages and Cultures Department at Hood with the help of the Charlotte Moran Visiting Scholar Fund; co-sponsored by the Institut Ramon Llull, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University, and the Department of Foreign Languages at Towson University.
Monday, April 29th, 7:00pm, Towson Univesity
Tuesday, April 30th, 2:00pm, Georgetown University
Wednesday, May 1st, 7:30pm, Hood College (Frederick, Maryland), Dreiling Seminar Room, Coblentz Hall
Friday, May 3rd, 6:30pm, Barnard College, Ella Weed Room, 223 Milbank Hall
Screening of the fragments of the documentary Avi, et trauré d’aquí! by Montse Armengou and Ricard Belis to follow the presentations.
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