A conversation with writer Sergio Ramírez

The Instituto Cervantes is delighted to present the Nicaraguan writer, essayist, journalist and poet, Sergio Ramirez (Masatepe, 1942) in conversation with H. Rosi Song, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Durham University.

Sergio Ramírez’s career spans not only the history of his country, but also that of the many countries he traveled through writing, working and teaching. These include Mexico, Peru, Chile, the United States and Spain, where he currently lives. Sergio Ramírez has won numerous awards that recognize him as one of the great writers of our time, including the “José María Arguedas Narrative Prize” (2000), in 2011 he received the “José Donoso Prize for Ibero-American Literature in Chile for his literary work”. work as a whole, and in 2014 the “Carlos Fuentes International Prize”. He is the first author from Central America to receive, in 2017, the highest distinction for the creative work of Spanish and Latin American writers, the “Premio Cervantes”. In 1977, he led the group “the Twelve”, made up of intellectuals, businessmen, priests and civil leaders, who fought against the Somoza regime. After the electoral triumph of the Sandinista Front (1979), he was elected vice-president of Nicaragua. After 1996, he decided to leave politics to return to the world of literature. Sergio Ramírez runs the online magazine ‘Carátula’ and writes for the newspaper’s literary blog ‘Boomerang’ El País (Spain). In 2019, the director of the Instituto Cervantes, Luis García Montero, inaugurated the library of the Instituto Cervantes in Hamburg which bears the name of the Nicaraguan author.

In this conversation, we want to bring together his many experiences, share his life lessons as a storyteller, as a global citizen and, above all, his memories as a book lover and dedicated reader, also reflecting on issues current. A prolific author of a diverse and engaged literature, his work shows us the importance of telling reality and sharing his stories, from his highly acclaimed novel ‘Margarita, está linda la mar’ (1998) to his many works as a writer. detective, including the popular trilogy ‘El cielo llora por mí’ (2008), ‘Ya nadie llora por mí’ (2017) and ‘Tongolele no sabía bailar’ (2021). Fabulist born of our time, his humor and his irony, immersed in a masterful and dazzling language, become useful tools to reveal the subtleties of our environment, always captured in intrigues of power and in the face of which knowledge appears as the best form of resistance.

H. Rosi Song is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Durham University, author of “Lost in Transition: Constructing Memory in Contemporary Spain” (2016) and co-editor of the volumes “Traces of Contamination: Unearthing Francoist Legacy in Contemporary Spanish Discourse” (2005 ), and “Towards a Movida Cultural Archive: Back to the Future” (2013). She has published numerous works on contemporary Spanish culture, cinema and literature.

With the collaboration of Manchester, city of literature.


  • Limited capacity activity.
  • RSVP required. Once you have registered, we will send you a confirmation email.
  • In Spanish with subsequent translation into English.
  • A Spanish wine will be served at the end of the event.