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    • Fiction
      March 2019

      And they say

      by Susana Sánchez Aríns

      Dicen (And they say) is a family story crossed by Franco's repression.   It tells what is not registered in notarial acts, or in newspapers, or in books, or in provincial archives. It tells a story of a day-to-day silence that became long, very long, and that has conditioned us until now.   Dicen tells real events in a network of voices silenced for generations, it is not written from the political reflection, but from the poetic justice, it is the contemporary account of the Spanish postwar period.   Dicen is an innovative book. It is not poetry, it is not an essay, it is not a short narrative and it is everything at the same time. Written in short sequences, it collects the intimate memory of a family and reconstructs their insignificant lives to show the terror of repression after the civil war. Conversations, poems, stories, essay references, fragmented sequences that the reader orders in a shocking story.   The narration drags the reader to the end by the rhythm, the different voices, the authenticity and the gradual understanding of why that time is silenced.   The author speaks of poetic justice as a way of giving life to those who did not want to be named after their death: the oppressors. This story recovers their names, their ways of acting, their personalities, their power. And it also brings back to life those who died in the ditches or lived marginalized: the victims.   It is very difficult to make historical memory from politics, however, literature is its natural space. An original work, with enormous expressive force and a unique point of view discovered by Susana Sánchez Aríns, an experienced, committed voice.   The book has received the Madrid Booksellers Award for Best Fiction Book 2019. (Premio de los Libreros de Madrid al Mejor Libro de Ficción)

    • Fiction
      October 2021

      Borges in Stockholm

      A fiction that dismantles the bad habits of postmodernity.

      by Sonia Dalton

      Winning the Nobel Prize for Literature is the ambition of any self-respecting writer. Especially when he risks the glory of being the first to receive it in his country. After appearing in the favorites lists for several years, it seems that César Aira's time has come to enjoy that moment and that condition.   This fiction narrates the vicissitudes of the writer's journey from Buenos Aires to Stockholm, his dreamy stay in the Nordic city and his return to an Argentina where he is not expected. In the end, the 2024 Nobel Prize for Literature seems to have been awarded to the Eldense writer, with a Galician pedigree, Cesárea Areas.   Through an extensive play on words, this parody tries to dismantle the remnants of postmodernity still in force in the literary and academic worlds. The key is humor, which, in order to be so, cannot fail to be corrosive. Also tenderness, because beneath the greatest ambitions the most insignificant motivations are usually to be found.   It will please whoever manages to laugh, without guilt (or with it), at the most deeply rooted vices on the altars of culture and at the most recalcitrant social stereotypes. In short, whoever wants to take a walk through the nonsense, lift the cobblestones of postmodernity and peek at whatever may be underneath. A new normal?

    • Fiction
      April 2021

      Hosts

      by Julio Botella

      A book delves into the psychology of victims of child abuse and bullying, in their childhood and in the development of their personality in the future.   A host (un huésped) is also a plant or animal in whose body a parasite is housed. Julio Botella brings this idea to the plane of family psychology. In a family, what is not spoken about, not understood, born from some dark circumstance, creates a broken personality that unconsciously ends up staying in a new member. That is the invisible family heritage that these stories show.   Huéspedes (Hosts) is a book of stories that subtly intersect. The characters go through them coiled in their personality, unaware that they are hosts and transmitters.   The narrator is a conscious voice of this heritage and his writing becomes a kind of exorcism. He takes the reader deep into the characters through very powerful scenes where they face their fears. A father who transfers his frustration to an insecure daughter. Another father with fear of death who takes out his anger in the relationship with the family dog. A child who suffers harassment because he is not recognized by parents who expect something else from him, his own redemption. A grandmother who abducts a granddaughter with her childhood story to feel like an artist again. And all of them tacitly related.   Huéspedes returns to Spanish literature a realism that seeks to unmask social errors that are repeated over time.

    • Moral & social purpose of education
      April 2021

      Lambs that bark

      To reimagine education from the experience of a teacher who never knew how to advance adequately.

      by Juan Izuzkiza

      Juan Izuzkiza is a Philosophy teacher from the Basque Country who reflects with irony, a warrior spirit and love for his students on the dependency of current school curricula. Why are the students bored? Why do teachers assume a role of victims? What role do parents play in all of this?   The high school anecdotes that reflect the ineffectiveness of prescribed norms outside of reality give rise to reflections on the true spirit of teaching. Do we want standard students or to help our children have a future? The thought references used by Juan Luis Izuzkiza range from ancient Greek philosophers to current philosophers, intellectuals from our country or psychologists. With them we can rethink the relationships between parents and children, students and teachers, school and society in short. Nine short chapters to enjoy an entry into reality.   There are quite a few impotent and upset parents at work, dreading the phone call. (“ *Your son got up without permission at 10:09. ”Message received at 10:17). There are many children who are upset knowing they are constantly being watched. There are a lot of upset teachers because everyone is upset. *Fragment of the chapter entitled "Bichos haciendo gestos raros" ("Bugs making strange gestures")

    • Fiction
      May 2021

      Outside of time

      by Silvia Bardelás

      "Destiempo is a song to the fight for internal revolutions and the desire to free ourselves from the vital ropes that bind us." - Armando Requeixo. Diario cultural. Radio Galega   Destiempo illuminates the we as the truly human space. An older woman asks her grandson to come back to Galicia from the United States to spend the summer with her. She wants him to attend a kind of social fight that she is carrying out with her friends. They look for action as the only thing that can give meaning to their lives. Silvia Bardelás mixes different generations that share the same problem: the weight of a standardized world, full of discourses, oblivious to vitality. The possibility of feeling alive and real again makes everything move in an unstoppable way. The story is a coming and going of past and present, of ideas and actions that reveal the silent social power and the inner need to feel free. Destiempo (Outside of time) is a community novel. Beyond individuality, beyond the group is the we, which can only emerge genuinely when individuals become singular beings, when they become aware of the myths, the ideology, the discourses that have dominated their lives and those of their ancestors.   The narrator puts the focus on the interrelation. He lights up scenes where the characters discover themselves through others.

    • Geography & the Environment
      November 2021

      To scream out what is silenced

      A young eco-social activist gives voice to what the Climate Summits silence.

      by Alejandro Quecedo del Val, Marina Garcés

      "Alejandro Quecedo del Val points to the need for a reform of being and feeling that connects us again with nature." - foreword by Marina Garcés   Gritar lo que está callado (To scream out what is silenced) is written by a 19-year-old who has attended climate summits representing Spain.   It is not just another book about climate change, it is a book that reveals what is on the fringes of the climate summits, what prevents the fight against climate change from progressing. The invited and silenced young people are the example of the smoke screens that are created in the information of the disaster, for example with the Greta Thunberg phenomenon.   Under the slogan Uniting the world to tackle climate change, the next United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) — held in Glasgow (United Kingdom) from November 1 to 12, 2021— brought together representatives of around 200 governments with the aim of accelerating climate action to comply with the Paris Agreement.   In a recent article, Alejandro Quecedo pointed to the disappointment of a large part of the activist sector, after learning about the withdrawal of permits and funding for citizen and scientific initiatives, with the excuse of not "excessively politicizing the summit", a fact to which was added the leak to the media that certain lobbies had pressed to amend the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in order to deny the evidence of an increasingly imminent catastrophe and blind public opinion with half-truths, sweetened.   The author has been interviewed by the most important media in Spain, all interested in his position: to ask for a change of sensitivity in order to stop the eco-social crisis.

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