2017/06/15

Spanish writers and the Internet

Since last year I have been talking about the challenges Spanish writers face with the Internet. I have been in many libraries and cultural centers. It has been an amazing experience.

I´m delighted to share this video with you. It was taken in Tres Cantos (Madrid, España). I hope you find it helpful… if you want to be our next famous Spanish writer.









2016/12/12

Loves that could be - Maribel Orgaz

I am delighted to present my new book, "Loves that could be" (Bercimuel Publishing). A collection of short love stories (in Spanish). 

It is my first fiction book and it is having a very good reception.


You can read a couple of short stories here, and if you wish you can buy the ebook here.



2016/12/04

Top Spanish writers in the world

Top Spanish writers (with the biggest sales) in the world

There are 4 Spanish writers among the 27 most successful (sellers) in the world (2014) and they are:


Isabel Allende, Tales of passion



2016/08/11

Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Cuba

If you are thinking about to star reading Spanish literature, in mi opinion you have to look into the literature of four countries: Mexico, Colombia, Cuba and Argentina.

Of course, there are remarkable exceptions like Castellanos Moya  born in Honduras; Hernán Rivera Letelier in Chile or the Peruvian Vargas Llosa but the above mentioned four countries, specially Argentina and Mexico, and the sperhead of Spanish literature.

The new writer I have discovered is Selva Almada. She come to Madrid last year to attend the Ñ Festival and she was so observant and quite - she said in an interview, I hate traveling, it takes me out of myself - her presentation made you to go inmediatly running to nearest bookshop to find her books... Why? Because, I suppose everybody enjoy reading about a peculiar inner life.

A bible story, a handful of ardent lives... Almada has written her novel, El viento que arrasa, The Sweeping Wind like a dry true: If you choose to live out of reality (in an abstract idea) women and children will be force to leave and you will become part of the arid  landscape of Chaco forever.





2016/07/15

The oldest association of spanish writers - Madrid, Spain

If you are a happy reader and you are in my nice city, Madrid maybe you want to visit the oldest association of spanish writers, AEAE. It is in Leganitos Street, very close to the center, and you are always invited to the open lectures, book presentations...

AEAE was founded in 1871 and today you can see the same wonderful fornitures, pictures and sculptures. (I love the red velvet sofas). When you are sitting there listening some women and men (writers, artists, scientists), breathing in the quiet and dark atmosphere you can feel for an instance, yes! we achieve the best of Enlightement: liberty, progress, tolerance and so many times forgotten Fraternity.


Manena Munar signing books


2016/05/20

Coaching for Cervantes

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We are celebrating the Commemoration of the 4th Centenary of  Cervantes death. When I read about his life I always thinking, he would have needed a coaching program.

First, he was a brave soldier fighting against the Ottoman EmpireHe was injured and went to Sicily to recover. In the meantime, he was promoted to Captain and intended to return to Spain but he was seized by pirates and ended up in Algeirs.

After five years, The Trinitarian Monks payed his ransom and he returned to Spain. So, his military career was burnt. He tried to go to Chiapas but His Majesty the King said "no".

Cervantes tried to be a playwritter -because they were like the movies nowadays (look at Shakespare!)- but no one could do anything against a Master like Lope de Vega. He wanted above all to be a poet and end up being one of the most brilliant novelist.

So, finally he wrote a text, Don Quixote. He was old, he was tired and he wrote the second part unwillingly: "he would never get to see how his work became one of the most important works in Spanish literary history".

He was a brilliant novelist but was determined to be a poet and failed as a playwright.


2016/02/06

Tolstoi vs Dostoyevski, García Lorca vs Cernuda


We know that the world is divided between Tolstoi´s readers and Dostoyevski´s readers (a friend of me anwers boring: I love Chejov) but spanish´readers are involved in another fight without mercy.

Of course there is Cervantes´readers against Lope de Vega´s readers and Lope´s readers against Calderon´s readers... Oh my godness!

But, all these battles I prefer to García Lorca versus Cernuda. If you´re lucky enough to find a brave Spanish reader you can give the ultimate question... Do you prefer "without doubt the most famous Spanish playwright [and poet] of the twentieh century" or (the war drums begin to sound) the most "unsociable and dandified" member of the Generation of '27?

I’d Like to Be Alone in the South    
         

Perhaps my lazy eyes won’t see the south again
With its light landscapes drowsing in the air,
Its flowerlike bodies lying in the shade
Or running away at a gallop like mad horses.

The south is a desert crying as it sings,
And that voice never stops like a dead bird;
It sends its bitter desire down to the sea
Creating a faint echo that takes its time.

I want to be blended with that distant south,
The rain there is nothing but an opening rose;
Its very fog laughs, a white laugh in the wind.

Its darkness and its light are equally lovely.

2015/12/24

How to talk about a monster - Junot Diaz, Vargas Llosa


I read again the novel by Junot Diaz, The brief Wondrous life of Oscar Wao for comparison with the novel by Mario Vargas Llosa, The Fest of the Goat.  

Both of them are focused on the life of  Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, "the brutal dictator who ruled the Dominican Republican from 1930 to 1961".

If you are a reader, maybe you can read them but, if you are a writer (I think) you must read them. Everyone has spoken of lenguaje use on the novel by Diaz: spanglish; but to me, you can look these works around a single theme, as a crossroad.

Mario Vargas Llosa win his Nobel Prize in Literature  "for his cartography of structures of power" and wrote the novel like "a kaleidoscopic portrait of dictatorial power, incluiding its psychological effects (...) the nature of power and corruption, their relationship to machismo and sexual perversion in a rigidly hierarchical society".

He focused on the seniors members of the government; Junot Diaz on ordinary people: a political chronicle in contrast daily life.

...so if you want to talk about a monster, nowdays, what is the most appropiate? Maybe, they have the answer.

(and finally, a curiosity, Trujillo and his son are buried in Madrid, Spain)