Every semester SURCLA presents regular seminars on topics of interest to students of Spanish and Latin American Studies, as well as a series of documentary screenings. See "Latest Events" for upcoming talks and screenings.

Controlling Chaos: Literary Crime and the Role of the Police Detective

From 2 July, 2013 to 3 July, 2013
5.30pm – 7.00 pm

LORENZO SILVA (lawyer, essayist, novelist) is one of the leading writers of his generation, best known for
his six detective novels El lejano país de los estanques (The Far Away Pond Land), El alquimista
impaciente (The Impatient Alchemist), La niebla y la doncella (The Mist and the Maiden), La reina sin
espejo (The Queen Without a Mirror), and La estrategia del agua (Water’s Stategy), and La marca del
meridiano (The Meridian Line) all featuring the detective Rubén Bevilacqua and his young assistant
Virginia Chamorro, who together represent the new face of Spain's Guardia Civil.

MICHAEL DUFFY (author and former crime reporter) sets his fiction (The Tower, The Simple Death and
coming soon Drive By) on the streets of Sydney, focusing on both criminal and police investigators,
providing his many readers with very human, credible characters rather than types, with the dividing line
between them not always clear. Duffy has also published the occasional true crime volumes: Call Me
Cruel and last year’s Bad, the story of the Perish brothers.

Lorenzo Silva is in Australia thanks to Monash University.

Lorenzo Silva’s The Faint-hearted Bolshevik (La flaqueza del bolchevique) is published in English by

Michael Duffy’s DRIVE BY published by Allen Unwin, will be published 24th July 2013.

Free and open to all with registration requested on
(Limited capacity: 60 people)

Location: New Law Annex Seminar Room 020

Contact:Anne Walsh
Phone: 61 2 9351 6819

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