Who we are
Biographies, autobiographies and memoirs.
Founded by Beltrán Gambier and Maria Sheila Cremaschi in 1994, the magazine Intramuros focuses on the genres of biography, autobiography and memoir. It publishes testimonial writings by authors from the Spanish speaking community as well as by authors from other cultures.
Thanks to the support of the Spanish Ministry of Culture, Intramuros is presently distributed to the main public libraries in the country. Through its membership in ARCE (Association of Cultural Magazines in Spain), Intramuros is available at all international book festivals as well as in the commercial circuit of Spain.
Beltrán Gambier, the director, is a lawyer specialized in Administrative Law. He has been honoured with numerous distinctions, such as the Argentine Law Prize (1998) awarded by the Argentine Association of Journalistic Entities and the Argentine Federation of Lawyers, for his articles published in the prestigious Argentine daily newspaper La Nación, from Buenos Aires.
María Sheila Cremaschi, the editor, is graduated in History and she has a Master in Cultural Management. She was awarded with the Buenos Aires City Cultural Medal as well as the Viena´s Johann Strauss Medal. In addition, she is a board member of ArteBA Foundation (representative at European Union) and she is Vice President of the Council of The Guardian Hay Festival Foundation.
Previous Experience of Intramuros in other countries
Over the last few years, the magazine has attempted to showcase a broad look at contemporary life, featuring the building of cultural identities in cities and countries like those below.
This edition generated a large number of autobiographical writings. Berlin is considered an icon of modernity. The city, with its rich and multifaceted past, contrasts with a present full of hints for the future.
Intramuros received the support of the Goethe Institute of Madrid as well as contributions from authors such as H. M. Enzensberger, Thomas Brussig, Antonio Skármeta, Durs Grünbein, Ignacio Sotelo and Katia Lange-Müller.
The ideas that came from the German writers refer to an ancestral origin. Thus, the recurrent motifs in the configuration of personal identities are the integration and disintegration of the country as well as its roots and the lack of its roots. These reflections are rich in connotation and pursue sensibility and self-criticism but prove necessary (as Claudio Magris once suggested) to think “Europe”.
The edition devoted to Germany received the support of the Goethe Institute in Madrid. Among the intellectuals that participated were Jürgen Habermas, Walter Haubrich, Jutta Limbach, Darío Valcárcel, César Antonio Molina and Fernando Vallespín.
In the case of Italy, two editions were published. The first emphasized different forms of autobiographical writings that focused on the eclectic nature of the Italian culture. It is clear that the Italians present a fragile national identity in contrast with a strong regional one.
This edition compiled writings by Ermanno Cavazzoni, Mario Martone, Nanni Moretti and Saverio Tutino and was coordinated by Beatrice Barbalato. It also received the support of the Italian Institute of Culture.
Intramuros established and awarded an autobiographical prize called Viajes con mi Cuaderno. The second edition featuring Italy was intended to show the journeys to Madrid and Buenos Aires by Vincenzo Cerami, the first winner of the prize. The Italian author is well known for numerous plays and novels, such as Un borghese piccolo piccolo, and film scripts as La Vita é Bella and Pinocchio.
The second Italian edition received institutional support from entities such as the Association for the Autobiography from Belgium, the Association for the Autobiography from France, the Archivio Diaristico Nazionale de Pieve Santo Stefano, the Mass Observation Archive, the Deusches Tagebucharchiv, the Polish School of Autobiography, the Popular Memory Archive from Roca del Vallés (Spain), the Spanish Network of Archives and Research Specialists in the Popular Memory.
Contributors to this edition dealt with factual autobiographies and autobiographies with some elements of fiction. The latter is understood as a literary combination of techniques.
Vincenzo Cerami, Ludovic Assemat, Philippe Lejeune (the most prominent expert on autobiography genre, author of the famous essay The Autobiography Pact), César Antonio Molina, Laura Freixas and Oliver Rolin submitted their works. The edition received the support of the French Embassy in Spain and the support from the Minister of Culture of France.
Intramuros celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Spain.
Authors like Amos Oz, A.B. Yehoshúa, Aharon Appelfeld gave their contribution to this amazing edition. Tova Harel, responsible for the Cultural Affaires at the Israeli Embassy in Spain, coordinated the publication of this edition.
This edition showcased the Francophone world and its widespread cultural expression. The most relevant writer, Léopold Senghor, was a political and literary author who founded the International Organization for the Francophonie. His life’s achievement centred on the commitment of intellectuals to their culture of origin. Intramuros compiled writings from Vassilis Alexakis, Jackes Darras, Jean Louis Joubert, Doris Jakubec and Frederic Giguet, among others.
The authors that participated in this special edition reflected the image of Argentina during the crisis of 2001.
Works by María Martha Estrada, Antonia Robirosa, María Santamarina, Ludovic Assémat, Roberto Jacoby, Antonio de Almeida Ribeiro, Alejandro Alfaro, Soledad Costantini, Félix Della Paolera, Torcuato Di Tella, Carlos Gallardo, Ignacio Liprandi, Pedro Mairal, César Mermet, Adriana Rosenberg, Ignacio L. Smith, Clorindo Testa, Victoria Verlichak and Mauricio Wainrot were also included.
With this edition dedicated to Morocco Intramuros focuses again on the African cultural world. This issue was coordinated by the writer Abdelkalder Chaoui with the idea of offering a journey across the literary, the art, the cinema and the poetry of Morocco.
Authors like Gonzalo Fernández Parrilla, Mohamed Lahchiri, Mohamed Bouissef Rekabl, Fatima Sadiqi, Malika Embarek, Marjorie Kanter participated in this edition. The cover is by the artist from Morocco Said Messari.
The edition about Greece is the last expression of our trend magazine with the collaboration of 15 worldwide-known Greek authors.
Authors like Theodoros Angelopoulos, Kostas Axelós, Georgios Babiniotis, Michael Cacoyannis, Kikí Dimulá, Spyros Evangelatos, Eugenia Fakinu, Hélène Glykatzi-Ahrweiler, Menis Kumandareas, Yannis Móralis, Dimitrios Pantermalís, Titos Patrikios, Mikis Teodorakis, Costas Tsoclis and Christos Yannaras participated in this edition.