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Mongui Maduro Event: “Dikón Luis Daal?”

The last Mongui Maduro Lecture  of 2019 will be held on November 20th in the light of the 100th birthdate of Luis Henrique Placido Daal; poet, essayist, scholar, translator and journalist. Luis Daal was born in Willemstad (Curaçao) in 1919 and passed away in 1997, one day before returning to his homeland to give a course to journalists.

Luis H. Daal / foto website Mongui Maduro Library

His life, career and passion / Daal was a man of a vast cultural formation and extraordinary intelligence. He started his literary career as a writer and journalist, at seventeen years of age as he began to contribute to local magazines such as Edifiquemos and Sportkoerier. He published mainly in Spanish and Papiamentu, but was just as eloquent in English, French, Portuguese and Dutch. Thanks to this idiomatic knowledge, he was able to translate many articles, studies and linguistic treatises written in Europe and America, into Papiamentu.
Daal is demonstrably considered as a writer generally deeply motivated by his reflections on life, respect for one and other and more specifically by his nostalgia for waning elements of cultural aspects of Curaçao such as the monuments or customs. His commitment to establish a grammar for papiamentu and his passion to promote eloquence in Papiamentu is also well established.

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