Olivia Ávila Ruiz (foto osebni arhiv)

Velenje v čašah poezije, 17. in 18. junija 2020 
Velenjska knjižna fundacija in Čitalnica Pri pesniški duši

19. LIRIKONFEST VELENJE – festival liričnega in potopisnega občutja, književno srečanje z mednarodnimi gosti 

Olivia Ávila Ruiz
(Andaluzija/Španija) – rezidenčno izbrana prevajalka 19. Lirikonfesta Velenje (2020) 

Can we separate the author's political and ideological views from his literary work? 

Perhaps, it is indeed possible to separate the authors political and ideological opinions from their literary work when they do write with purpose, paying attention to their words, and bearing in mind that their political and ideological opinions will be put aside because there is a reason for that decision. However, we must not forget that our ideals, dreams and desires necessarily linger on the way we express ourselves. With that statement, we are not rescuing the Freudian theory about the (un)conscious mind; how the mind works must be considered here, though. The science of Phycology explains that we are pretty much unconscious, and so are our thoughts and words. Our unconscious mind is powerful and creative, and we do not have a huge control over it. Language and thought hold hands. That is why the writer should be paying attention in order to convey a specific message. But why should we play devil's advocate? If I am atheistic, why should I write about the importance of believing in God, like Miguel de Unamuno did when he wrote his famous book, San Manuel Bueno, mártir? Perhaps, because there is an intention, or maybe because the writer is perfectly capable of understanding different points of view. A mind that has been trained is usually free of prejudice, and that is why cultivated writers can easily understand arguments and opinions diametrically opposed to their own’s.