The Ambassador of Ireland to Spain, centre, during the presentation of the book./ Picture: J.D.L.
Juan David Latorre. Madrid.
Justin Harman, ambassador of Ireland, presented last 1 June the book Teresa de Ávila, a work originally published by the Irish writer Kate O’Brien in the year 1951.
The event took place in the recently inaugurated Book Fair 2014 of Madrid and had the presence of Mr Harman, who prefaces the book, the responsible for the Publishing House, Vaso Roto, Jeannette L. Clariond, and the translator of the work, Antonio Rivero Taravillo.
The ambassador of Ireland highlighted the words that the author writes in the book: “I am free two freely write here about a great woman. However, my purpose is not writing about the canonized saint. What I intent to do is to examine Teresa not through the rules of canonization, but through what –saint or not– she was herself: a great woman”.
Lastly, Mr Harman indicated: “I cannot think of a better contribution of Ireland to the celebration in 2015 of the fifth centenary of the birth of Teresa de Ávila, one of the most influential people of the history of Spain, than the publication of this valuable biography by an Irish writer who felt deep affection and respect towards Spain and its people”.