2003 Literature Nobel Prize winner JM Coetzee visits Uruguay
Ms Ellen M Hajie, Head of Mission, SA Embassy Uruguay with Mr JM Coetzee, 2003 Literature Nobel Prize winner
Coetzee’s arrival to Montevideo created a large expectation amongst literature lovers. Written and digital media widely announced his visit and conference , “The Idea of a Personal Library”, which took place on 5th May.
The hall within the Solís Theatre complex originally intended for the conference had to be changed due to the overwhelming turnout and the Theatre had to be made available.
Mr Hugo Achugar, Director of Culture of the Ministry of Education and Culture; Mr JM Coetzee, 2003 Literature Nobel Prize winner, receiving decoration from Ms Ana Olivera, Mayor of Montevideo
Before Mr Coetzee delivered his lecture, he was declared a “Distinguished Visitor of the City of Montevideo” by Mayor Ana Olivera and was decorated with the “Delmira Agustini Medal”, the highest distinction awarded by the Uruguayan Government.
Mr Hugo Achugar, Director of Culture of the Ministry of Education and C ulture; Ms Ellen M Hajie, Head of Mission, SA Embassy in Uruguay; Mr JM Coetzee; Ms Ana Olivera, Mayor of Montevideo; officials of the Solís Theatre
Coetzee’s conference was followed attentively and with enthusiasm by the audience, who then formed a long queue to get their books autographed by JM Coetzee.
A view of the audience at the Solis Theatre
Following the conference, the South African Embassy offered a dinner to a select group which included the Uruguayan Minister of Foreign Affairs, local authorities and members of the Diplomatic Corps.
SA Embassy Montevideo, Uruguay