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Tangier’s Outcasts

March 09, 20237:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe’s Hall of Ambassadors (at Calle Alcalá, 62, First Floor). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

Casa Árabe and the Alt Autores publishing firm are presenting this book in Madrid on Thursday, March 9, at an event to be attended by the book’s author, Santiago de Luca, who will be accompanied by writers Cristina López Barrio, Iñaki Martínez and Alberto Gómez Font.

The founding of Tangier is shrouded in myth. Doing away with such mystery and rewriting the city’s history to take a risk on a new legend is something the author ventures into by revealing that those referred to as “outcasts” have been put into boats and released to their fate in the waters of the sea at many different times in our past. It is not difficult to imagine that one of these boats carrying so many unique stories was shipwrecked and managed to reach Tangier, thus establishing a lineage and a sort of magnetic attraction by the White City for all those who live outside the mainstream.

With meticulous style and irony, Santiago De Luca has created his own genre, in which each story told forms a character and the stage on which an irregular’s tale unfolds. There is a complicity towards “outcasts” on the author’s part, since he feels as if he were one of them. Stereotypical characters among these “outcasts,” like the lazy bum, the undercover spy, the nice guy, the vest wearer... provide images that may help place readers in front of a mirror.

Santiago de Luca will be accompanied by writers Cristina López Barrio, Iñaki Martínez and Alberto Gómez Font at the book presentation. Introduced by Karim Hauser, Casa Árabe’s Culture and International Relations Coordinator.

Santiago De Luca (Santa Fe, Argentina) is the editor of the international literary publication SureS and the coordinator of the Espacio Argentino-Magrebi Jorge Luis Borges, which is dependent upon the region’s diplomatic delegations. He holds a PhD in Hispanic Philology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and has taught literature at universities in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Latin America. Throughout his career as a writer, he has had novels, essays, short stories and poetry published.
Tangier’s Outcasts
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