BUENOS AIRES – American actor Viggo Mortensen presented earlier this week an Argentine poetry anthology put out by the small publishing firm he founded and runs, Perceval Press.
Mortensen, who lived from age three to 11 in Argentina, compiled for “Nueva Poesia Argentina” (New Argentine Poetry) the work of a score of Argentine writers from the so-called “‘90s Generation,” known for the variety of themes and styles they explore in their verse.
The anthology, presented Tuesday at the Spanish Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, gathers together poems by Washington Cucurto, Mario Arteca, Francisco Garamona, Maria Medrano, Gabriela Sacone, Ana Wajszczuck and other young Argentine poets.
“I hope this book is a success so we can publish another title that includes other poets from the ‘‘90s Generation,’” Mortensen said before reciting a poem titled “La cuesta” (The Slope).
Mortensen, who was born in New York in 1958 and became famous for his starring role in “The Lord of the Rings” film trilogy, is passionate about the arts – painting and literature in particular, although he also has tried his hand as a photographer and musician.
The actor, who spends long spells in Argentina, is a big fan of San Lorenzo, a soccer club based in the working-class Buenos Aires neighborhood of Boedo, and even wore the team jersey during the book presentation.
Mortensen recently donated $80,000 to the club for the expansion of its sports facilities and head office. EFE