¡Bienvenidos!

Welcome to our summer 2022 edition, completing the Bulletin’s first five years of publication – technically our ‘wooden’ jubilee, though ‘quinquennial’ sounds fancier.

How the House of Borbón in Madrid would relish the kind of Jubilee seen in the UK at the start of June.  A consolation for King Felipe at least that, on the day the Queen made her balcony appearance, he was court-side to see ‘King Rafa’ set another record in Paris.

Felipe also had a role in BAS editor William Chislett’s bid to become Spanish.  Discover how, why, and whether he was successful.

This edition coincides with the fortieth anniversary of Argentina’s defeat in the Falklands War.  We ask whether that War ended the culture of military dictatorships in Latin America – and keep an eye open for parallels with Russia/Ukraine.

Russia has been a crucial ally of the Venezuelan regime in its suppression of dissent.  The Venezuelan opposition’s former representative in London sees new female leadership as key to her country’s salvation (in Spanish).

Colombia’s populist, pro-Venezuela presidential candidate Gustavo Petro was once a guerrilla, calling himself Aureliano in honour of the García Márquez character.  His life-story could come from the pages of the same author: we take a closer look at his trajectory (in Spanish).

Stephen Hart’s Critical Guide to Crónica de una muerte anunciada is almost as much a classic as the García Márquez novel itself.  Crónica remains on the A-level syllabus, but the Critical Guide is out of print.  Bulletin readers can download a photocopy here free of charge.

One irony of Chile’s 2020-21 estallido was the despoiling of the Violeta Parra museum in Santiago, near the epicentre of the street demonstrations.  Ironic, because she would have been a keen advocate of the reforms being demanded.  We look at her unique legacy of words and music (in Spanish).

Joaquin Sabina’s lyrics have long been studied in Spanish universities.  This summer they found their way into the Cambridge Pre-U (A-level equivalent) literature exam.  We examine how Sabina’s writing has won over the literary establishment.

In the ground-breaking documentary El silencio de otros, Chato, a former victim of Franco’s torturers, wonders whether Spain will ever get a museum detailing the atrocities of its dictatorship like the one he visits in Argentina.  We report on the project now underway to build just such a Museo Nacional de la Guerra Civil in Teruel.

Javier Cercas’ Soldados de Salamina deals with the human legacy of the Civil War.  We look at how the novel treats the key issue of remembrance, both through historical records and personal experience.

For the past year UCL, the Bulletin of Advanced Spanish and the Instituto Cervantes have been working together on how to upgrade Spanish A-level.  We publish their key recommendations. 

Both Spain and Latin America have re-opened for travel post-Covid.  Glasgow University student Ola Calicka tells us what it was like to spend her Third Year Abroad in Gran Canaria.

Finally, our Essay Competition for Sixth Formers deadline is 15 August.

Since 2017 the Bulletin of Advanced Spanish has been a free resource, read on every continent, written by and for enthusiasts at all stages of their exploration of the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.  Please see the Guidelines tab if you would like to write for us.  The deadline for the next edition is the end of September.

Feliz verano a todos,

The BAS editorial team

 

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