Marta Marín Dòmine

Translator and writer


7 to 21 November 2016

Biography —

Marta Marín is a Barcelona writer, filmmaker, translator, and professor of Peninsular Literature and Culture, as well as Memory Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. There she is also the Director of the Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies, an international institute housed at Wilfred Laurier University. She is currently at work on a Dictionary of Memory in Europe and Latin America as part of the research activities of an international team of researchers lead by the Department of History of the University of Barcelona. She has directed two documentary films on related to the memory recovery, The Vengeance of the Apple. Argentineans in Toronto (2010), and Mémoire Juive du Quartier Marolles-Midi, 1930-1942 (2012). She is currently working on an art installation that takes as a source of inspiration literary testimony of survivors of Nazi camps.

With Dr. Robert Finley she has recently translated Joaquim Amat-Piniella’s testimonial novel K.L.Reich (WLP, 2015).

Project —

Her writing project delves on a creation that could be labelled as “autofiction”, and is based on a dialogue between the author and her father trying to sort out the effects of war upon a generation that has not experienced it but, nevertheless inhterited. Entitled “No all bodies fall at the same speed”, the text, written somewhere between the reflections, essays, fiction, interviews, has the distinction of having started as a dialogue between the author and and the memoirs written by Joaquim Marin Caballol, which recalls the years of war and several exiles who had to suffer in southern France. The heart of the project is an attempt to indicate the effects of fear, violence, dictatorships and wars in the present. Not as a political act, or not only, but as a gesture of acceptance of the inheritance that extends beyond the official memory.