If there is anyone who represents the Mediterranean spirit and feeling in the intellectual and literary sphere, that is French-Algerian writer Albert Camus, a Mediterranean from every point of view or, as Jean Daniel described him, a “full Mediterranean”. Albert Camus lives, breathes, imagines, dreams, creates and rebels in favour of that heterogeneous Mediterranean full of contradictions in which critical reflection and passion go hand in hand, and aesthetics and ethics reach for each other to create a better world. These Mediterranean links are not only the result of Camus’ Algerian experiences, but are also rooted in the figure of his maternal grandmother, Catherine Marie Cardona, a peasant who had to leave her native Sant Lluís to leave behind hunger and poverty.
These Minorcan links bring us to organize the Mediterranean Literary Gathering around the figure of Camus in order to give this “grandson of exiles” the tribute he deserves. And it is also an opportunity to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Nobel Prize that Camus was awarded “for his important literary production that, with clear-sighted earnestness, illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times”.
Under the double sign of Minorca and Ithaca, islands of “origins”, the Gathering will follow three core topics, to be tackled at round tables and lectures.