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The highly acclaimed Peruvian writer, narrator, historian, university professor, and EL PAIS columnist, Fernando Iwasaki, visited our school to give a captivating discussion on “The Narrative Voice: when fiction and reality are distinguished (and confused).” As students and faculty eagerly gathered to hear his insights, Fernando delved into the intricacies of the Spanish language as it thrives in the unique cultural context of Perú, unveiling its richness in meaning and nuances.

Throughout his engaging talk, Fernando adeptly compared and contrasted the roles of the narrator and the author in storytelling. With eloquence and expertise, he shed light on how these distinct voices intertwine within the narrative, leading to profound connections between fiction and reality. Drawing from his vast literary experience, he illustrated how stories shape our perceptions of ourselves and the world around us, shaping our identities in intricate and unexpected ways. The power of storytelling, he emphasised, lies not only in its ability to entertain but also in its profound impact on our beliefs, values, and self-awareness.

As the event drew to a close, the audience left with newfound appreciation for the intricate art of storytelling and the profound impact of language in shaping the human experience. Fernando Iwasaki’s visit left an indelible mark on our school community, inspiring budding writers, historians, and storytellers to embrace the power of words, narrative, and the interplay between fiction and reality.