El pais manuel vilas
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But in Los besos there is much more. There is politics, that of «narcissistic» rulers and that of a king who in 1981 may have saved «democracy or his business». There is sadness for the crisis of the Humanities, because «a citizen without philosophical resources is not capable of dissent». And, above all, there are many reflections, such as the «marriage between God and money». Have you become a romantic all of a sudden?
Well, yes, it was a subject I wanted to address. In Ordesa y Alegría I talked about love, but between fathers, mothers and children. Now I was missing romantic love, that of the couple. Why do some people still don’t ‘respect’ the relationships of older people? Advertising
Fortunately it is becoming less and less, but love between older people has been ridiculed, it is thought that romantic and passionate love is only for young people. Life is love and to take away the illusion of falling in love from people of an older age seems unfair to me and comes from a closed and old morality. Mature loves are somehow deeper because they are based on the experience of life. «We have built a society developed in a thousand things and, however, the integration of sex and love is not resolved in a satisfactory way «You talk about a closed moral. Maybe it’s because we’ve grown up watching other generations marry for life, and it seems that not everyone understands that it’s not like that anymore, in general.Advertising
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Vilas assures that autofiction, if it did not generate so much expectation in the community of readers, would hardly receive any criticism. «The debate arises from authors who fear that those who make autofiction sell more books than they do, but the truth is that the vast majority of readers, even if they understand what autofiction is, don’t use that word. They pick up a book and, if they like it, they read it. And if they don’t, they put it down. It’s not a problem that reaches the reader,» he says.
After the success of «Ordesa», a heartbreaking novel in which Vilas reflected on his parents and what it meant to lose them, in «Alegría» he uses a similar formula to talk about his children based on a protagonist – himself – who goes on a literary tour overwhelmed by the success of his previous novel. «There were two things I had to talk about and I did, but I consider that cycle over and I won’t go back to it. It has been, yes, very enjoyable. Both books worked very well and even gave rise to very funny discussions among readers who defended one or the other novel more,» the writer is grateful.
And manuel vilas – ana merino (the map of affections)
The novelist known as Manuel Vilas (Barbastro, 1962), the author of Ordesa o Alegría , is actually a poet. And, as such, he has published Roma (Visor), a sort of narrative in verse of the months he lived in the Italian capital. We spoke with him in a hotel in Madrid.
I went there with the Valle-Inclán scholarship, to continue the novel I was writing. But the city would not allow itself to be narrated in prose, it asked me for another genre. I said to him: ‘Rome, what do you want me to talk to you about? in poetry,’ he replied. And, as I am a polyglot, this book of walks came out. I used the pedometer, and I never went below 30,000 steps a day.
I look at an old flea market with stained shirts at one euro with exactly the same look of astonishment as I do at the Sistine Chapel. Or the leftover food on the tables at the airport, which the poet would like to eat. It is an unprejudiced look, sometimes a little insolent, because it tries to lower the artistic experience, to take away its solemnity. If my poetry is anything, it is anti-pedantic, especially in an artistic city like Rome, where it falls into it a lot.
El poeta manuel vilas presenta ‘roma’ | #manuelvilasroma
Magia es una vision distorsionada pero muy lucida del mundo actual. Es la transfiguracion literaria de Zaragoza en Zeta, una ciudad donde no se respeta ningun icono y los personajes se encuentran un paso mas alla de la irreverencia. Es la geografia sentimental de Vilas reconvertida en mito y por tanto una obra imprescindible para acceder a su universo.
«My heart looks like a black tree covered with yellow birds that chirp and perforate my flesh. This is the raw and uninhibited self-portrait of a writer confronted with the disappearance of his parents. Assailed by the ghosts of his past, he finds hope in the memory, bathed in yellow light, of their love and the beauty of yesteryear. Through the evocation of a modest family, it is then the painting of a certain Spain which reveals itself to us in all its complexity. The belonging to a social class, the education, the alcoholism or the fatherhood are so many subjects treated in a personal and collective way at the same time. Deeply sincere, noisily intimate, wonderfully written in a language that is both poetic and raw, Ordesa reads like the catharsis of an impossible mourning, that of the death of our parents and the end of an era, an experience that is, to say the least, universal.A bestseller in Spain, Ordesa was named the best book of the year by the major newspapers El Pais and El Mundo, establishing Manuel Vilas as a major writer of Spanish literature.