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Jesús Carrasco is one of those authors whose outstanding debut has set the pace for his literary career. In his case, the book was Out in the Open, a phenomenon whose outstanding storytelling continues to attract readers. The characters, a boy fleeing violence and a goatherd who takes him under his wing, have been brought to life by Jaime López and the acclaimed actor Luis Tosar, who star in the film version of the novel, directed by Benito Zambrano. After this striking debut, which has been translated into 28 languages and has won various international prizes, and the author’s second novel, La tierra que pisamos, Carrasco returns with Llévame a casa. This is a story of flight and return, of the responsibility of caring for the elderly, and the weight of family. Critics and readers often compare the writer to the great Miguel Delibes, whose legacy will be considered at this event.
Jesús Carrasco will talk to the cultural journalist and writer Angélica Tanarro. Presented by Elisa Delibes, Chair of The Delibes Foundation and Javier Ortega, Minister of Culture in the Castile and Leon Regional Government.
The Peruvian writer and journalist Raúl Tola will talk about the work of Mario Vargas Llosa and will present a pre-recorded conversation with the Nobel laureate at an event attended by readers of the author of The Time of the Hero.
Raúl Tola has worked as a print and television journalist for some of his country’s most important organizations; he is also a regular contributor to El País newspaper in Spain, where he currently lives. He has published the novels Noche de cuervos, Heridas privadas, Flores amarillas, La noche sin ventanas and La favorita del Inca, as well as the short story collection Toque de queda. He currently runs the Cátedra Vargas Llosa organization.
In his conversation with the Nobel prize-winner, he will ask Vargas Llosa about a career that has made him one of the few writers to be consecrated while still at the height of their powers. His acclaim is based on the prestige and popularity of his writings, as well as on the fact he has won the most important international literary awards (including the Cervantes Prize, the most important in the Spanish language). Vargas Llosa, who has both Peruvian and Spanish nationality, is a true citizen of the world and has published over a hundred works. He has written in a wide range of genres including drama and journalism, but his most outstanding work has been in the novel and in essay writing. The writer’s bibliography has been translated into many different languages. The career of the author of The Feast of the Goat, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Conversation in the Cathedral and Tiempos recios, his latest work of fiction, spans the second half of the 20th century, including the famous boom in Latin American literature, of which he was one of the most outstanding writers. Still creating works of critical importance in 21st century, Vargas Llosa’s place in the pantheon of world writers seems assured.
After the screening of the encounter between the two authors, Tola will talk to members of Segovia’s book clubs present at the event.
Presented by the Director of the Segovia Public Library, Roberto García Arribas.
Rural depopulation, culture and a need to return to nature are the themes that will occupy this meeting between two writers: Fermín Herrero and Carlos Aganzo. The poetry of Fermín Herrero, winner of the Castile and Leon Literature Prize, has become a symbol of the España vacía, or ‘Empty Spain’. The poet and journalist Carlos Aganzo is linked to the El Norte de Castilla, Miguel Delibes’ newspaper, a publication that is profoundly involved with the countryside and the rural world. Natural and cultural heritage come together to give voice to the land, at an event in which the Hay Festival extends its arms, from Segovia, around Castile and Leon.
Well known for the bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (David Fickling Books, 2006) –a novel that won two Irish Book Awards, was shortlisted for a British Book Award, has been translated into over forty books, has sold over five million copies, and was made into a film in 2008–, John Boyne has also written several other works of fiction. These include Mutiny on the Bounty, The Date, The Thief of Time, Noah Barleywater Runs Away, This House is Haunted and A History of Loneliness. His latest novel to be published in Spanish, Las furias invisibles del corazón, (The Heart’s Invisible Furies), which Salamandra published in May this year, is an ambitious journey into the turbulent world of love and desire in search of the instinctive human need for affection and happiness. This fine portrait of Ireland’s recent past shows the talent of Boyne, but also a personal side, since this is one of the most autobiographical of his works.
John Boyne will talk to the journalist and writer Inés Martín Rodrigo, author of the novel Azules son las horas.
Eva García Sáenz de Urturi, the last winner of the Planeta Prize, is an example of how sometimes word of mouth is enough to bring a writer to prominence. Her first novel, La saga de los longevos, became a sales phenomenon via self-publication. Her rare capacity to connect with readers was confirmed, now supported by the Planeta Group, by her White City Trilogy (El silencio de la ciudad blanca, Los ritos del agua and Los señores del tiempo), which gave rise to a film version directed by Daniel Calparsoro. In her latest book, which won the Planeta, Spanish literature’s most expensive prize, García Sáenz de Urturi travels to the Middle Ages with a look at the fascinating character of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Aquitania begins with the death of the protagonist’s father, William X, who is poisoned after completing a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. In the words of the author, it is “a medieval thriller, a homage to The Name of the Rose”.
Eva García Sáenz de Urturi will talk to Helena Resano, newsreader on La Sexta Noticias, winner of the Antena de Oro Award and author of La trastienda de un informativo.
Rodrigo Cortés is a most versatile artist: director, actor, producer, screenwriter, aphorist… and novelist. His latest book, Los años extraordinarios, is a novel in the tradition of Valle-Inclán that takes us on a journey through the 20th century. The work, particularly its protagonist, Jaime Fanjul, has received praise from both critics and fellow writers. No challenge seems too great for this Salamanca artist: aged 25 he was already filming videos for Amenábar and he has not shied away from working with Hollywood stars like Robert de Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Uma Thurman (the star of Down a Dark Hall, his most recent film). Perhaps his most famous feature has been Buried, a suffocating film in which Ryan Reynolds plays a man who is trying to survive after being buried alive in a coffin. The movie won several Goyas in Spain as well as international awards. Given his career so far, this artist with the captivating smile must have something special.
Rodrigo Cortés will talk to the publisher Miguel Aguilar, who has worked with major figures in Spanish literature, such as Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio.
María Dueñas brings us moments of reunion, including hers and ours with the protagonist of the unforgettable novel The Seamstress, a work that established its author as one of the most read in the Spanish language, a position that she still retains. Sira, after whom the new book is named, returns almost twelve years after the events of the story of that young and resourceful seamstress, caught up in the world of espionage. Dueñas takes her, and us, to Jerusalem, London, Madrid and Tangiers, and gives her main character the experience of motherhood. What is more, fans of the author of books such as Misión Olvido and Las hijas del capitán, can see the second adaptation of one of her books, which has been made into a television series. After the international success of the adaptation of The Seamstress, released as The Time in Between, we can now see La templanza, a story of family intrigue set in the 19th century.
María Dueñas will talk to Jesús Vigorra, producer and presenter of Las mañanas on Canal Sur Radio.
Manuel Jabois once said “I write so that I won’t have to talk about what I write.” He will have to overcome his shyness here to talk about his latest book, the successful novel Miss Marte. The book is a thriller, a story of teenage love, a journalist’s investigation into the disappearance of a girl –inspired by the case of Madeleine McCann–, all set in the author’s native Galicia. The name of Jabois first became known with his writing for El Mundo and later El País and his work as a journalist has been recognized with awards such as the Julio Camba. After Malaherba, his previous publication, his latest book confirms the author’s storytelling powers with a portrait of a fascinating character.
Karina Sainz Borgo is the other pole of this event. She shares with Jabois a career in journalism, and the two will focus their conversation on these two sides of a single profession: writing. The Venezuelan writer’s first novel, La hija de la española, made a considerable impact in the world of literature, receiving the French Madame Figaro Grand Prix de l’Héroїne, and she has talked about her second novel as a book about the need for compassion. El tercer país is about an illicit cemetery located in a frontier land, where life and death meet; this story, which has aspects of magic realism about it, is about two strong women learning to survive.
“You never write from the heart more than when you write what you remember.” This was said by Luis Landero about El huerto de Emerson, his latest work. The book is an anthology of fragments of what he has lived and what he has read; written with 75 percent narrative, 15 percent essay and the remainder made up with poetry, according to the writer’s formula. Landero is the author of memorable titles such as Juegos de la edad tardía and Lluvia fina, and has not left behind the child he once was in Alburquerque, the Extremaduran town where he was born and raised, or the young guitarist who stopped playing, as he recounts with a touch of humour, when the genius Paco de Lucía appeared. Perhaps for this reason, his autobiographies, and this book, a kind of continuation of El balcón en invierno, are actually a body of work where a whole generation can be found. Its title refers to that personal, untransferable garden which, according to the US philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, we all have, and have to tend in order to live.
Luis Landero will talk to Ana Gavin, the Planeta Group’s Publishing Relations Manager and a publisher with considerable experience with some of the great names of Spanish literature.
Based on the novel Oblivion: A Memoir by Héctor Abad Faciolince, Fernando Trueba’s latest film tells the story of the writer’s father, Héctor Abad Gómez, a doctor who dedicated the last years of his life to the defence of human rights, and who was murdered by a contract killer in central Medellin on 25 August, 1987. Javier Cámara plays a tender character “who loved life” in the words of the film director, “who was an advocate of public and preventive medicine” and who during the 1960s supervised the first mass vaccination against polio in the country. Trueba worked with his brother David on the screenplay of the film, which was selected for the 2020 Cannes Festival that was cancelled because of the pandemic. The film, a moving portrait of the man and his family relationships, was chosen to close last year’s San Sebastian International Film Festival.
The murder of the Colombian doctor, politician and human rights advocate, Héctor Abad Gómez, is the event that motivated his son, Héctor Abad Faciolince, to write Oblivion: A Memoir, which tells the story of his father. This in turn has led the film director, Fernando Trueba, to adapt the book for cinema.
Trueba is one of Spain’s most acclaimed directors. With a filmography of nearly 20 films, he has made works of comedy (Two Much, Sal gorda), drama (El año de las luces, Twisted Obsession, The Girl of Your Dreams, The Queen of Spain), documentary (Calle 54, Mientras el cuerpo aguante) and animated film (Chico and Rita). His shelves sport an Oscar, nine Goya Awards and various other international prizes.
The journalist, writer and publisher Héctor Abad Faciolince has won numerous awards in his country, Colombia, as well as in Spain, where he was awarded the first Casa de América Innovative Fiction Prize for his novel Basura. However, it was Oblivion: A Memoir, the novel that tells the story of his father, which brought him to prominence in the world of Spanish-language literature. Abad Faciolince has not only won awards for his fiction writing, but also for his work as a columnist. As a publisher, in 2016 he created the company Angosta, an independent publisher in Colombia that bears the name of one of his novels.
This conversation is part of the Hay and Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos Dialogues initiative promoting knowledge among writers of different nationalities but with a shared language and literary tradition.