Jesús Carrasco wins the Biblioteca Breve 2024 award | Culture | EUROtoday
Author of the Seix Barral label since his profitable and good debut with Bad climate virtually 20 years in the past, Jesús Carrasco (Badajoz, 51 years previous), one of the acknowledged novelists of his technology, received the Biblioteca Breve award this Monday. The historic award promoted by Carlos Barral in 1958, supported by the critics Josep Maria Castellet and José María Valverde and by the house owners of the label, had from its inception the target of selling novelistic expertise within the Spanish language by rewarding an unpublished work of fiction, a goal that has been maintained because the Planeta group recovered the award in 1999. “I dedicate myself to literature in Spanish and this is one of the biggest awards precisely for that, so I feel in glory,” stated Carrasco this Monday within the Maritim Museum of Barcelona, the place he acquired the award from Elena Ramírez, editorial director of the label.
Carrasco acquired the information in early January—brush in hand whereas portray the lavatory of his home, as Ramírez recalled. The jury minutes, made up on this event by final 12 months's winner, Rosario Villajos; the bookseller Rafael Arias, from Letras Corsarias in Salamanca; the linguist and professor on the University of Seville, Lola Pons; and the poet Pere Gimferrer, describes Praise of the fingers as “a beautiful human parable about the importance of manual work as the ultimate origin of art.” The story begins from the restoration of a home within the Andalusian countryside that in any case is doomed to be demolished. “It is written in a transparent and subtle way,” Gimferrer highlighted, “it narrates specific events with simple and essential lines, but its metatext deals with something that was highly studied in Marxist theory: work and the origin of the work of art.” As Lola Pons identified, “Carrasco praises the hands by writing.”
In his assembly with the press within the packed auditorium, earlier than lunch, the creator renounced the concept that writing is solitary. For Carrasco it’s also a collective enterprise as he wants contemporary studying from those that learn as they work. And so he thanked his spouse for “her look at him” and the Andalusian poet Juan Álvarez for his loyalty and assist. “This novel is based on a personal experience in which I saw a metaphor for life, which also ends, like the house will also be demolished, but despite this we surrender to it,” he defined.
In the context of the “fragmented and accelerated” current time through which all the things necessary appears to be taking place “elsewhere” as social networks present, Carrasco says he needs to say what’s closest to us. “I speak, without sentimentality or mannerism, about what is at hand, because in the near space is where the most important thing in life happens.”
Carrasco didn’t reject the label of inheritor to realism nor did he wish to distance himself from empty Spain. “I am a son of that tradition, I have been trained there. The fact that the environment of my fictions is the rural environment has not so much to do with my readings, as with the fact that I am a child of that environment, my vision is contaminated with that origin,” he stated. “I come from a working family. In addition to their jobs, my parents bound books, and did many other things to support their six children. Hands and manual work have always been in the family, my father gave us a hammer as children to hammer ourselves and it took me a long time to discover that this has to do with autonomy. I have put these pieces together in this book, but the implications of the hands for me are many.”
The large get together for the Seix Barral label additionally served to announce a few of the initiatives they may undertake this 12 months such because the rescue of some classics similar to Bomarzo by Mújica Laínez with a prologue by Mariana Enríquez or Broges' dialogues with Osvaldo Ferrari. Publishers from London, Paris and Italy attended the lunch which introduced collectively brokers, writers and journalists.
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