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Ian McDonald: A Guyanese and West Indian treasure

Ian McDonald: A Guyanese and West Indian treasure

 To the disappointment of many in Colombia, the archive of its most famous literary son, the Nobel laureate, Gabriel García Márquez, has been acquired by the University of Texas at Austin. That the opus of one of Latin America’s most celebrated writers and public intellectuals and at times outspoken critic of US policy in the region should go to an American institution is not without a certain irony.
Nevertheless, The University of Texas is known for its focus on Latin America and has the technical expertise to take good care of the late author’s papers. It may also be of some consolation to Colombians and other Latin Americans that the university plans to digitise part of the collection to make it more accessible.

Quite coincidentally, the University of the West Indies at St Augustine last week received the collected papers of Ian McDonald, whose induction as a Distinguished Friend of Mr Biswas, for his contribution to Caribbean letters, at a ceremony last Friday was announced, in an article in the Trinidad Guardian, on November 23, by UWI Professor Emeritus Kenneth Ramchand. Continue reading