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The Peruvian consulate and the Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics (CMLL) hosted an evening in honour of Peruvian poet Cesar Vallejo and his impact on the Latin community both in South America and Europe. Vallejo, who lived in Peru, Spain and France until his death in 1938, at the age of 46, produced avant-garde poetry and essays, according to Catherine Vallejo (no relation) who presented a paper during the program.
The evening also featured the Andean musical group Mosoq Illary, a reading of some of Vallejo’s poetry in the Quecha dialect by poet Yolanda de América as well as a paper presented by CMLL professor Lady Rojas Benavente. “I think that is precisely one of the special features of the success of the evening – almost 200 people to a Spanish-language lecture event at Concordia,” said Vallejo.
The program was introduced by Lucia Trindade de Buitrón, General Consul of Peru in Montreal. The Peruvian consulate provided some of the funding for the presentation, which took place in H-110, and the reception that followed on the 7th floor.