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Jesús Carrasco and Noemí Sabugal in conversation

Rural worlds in the wake of Delibes

Segovia 2021, 

Jesús Carrasco returns to the Hay Festival Segovia, this time together with the Leon writer Noemí Sabugal. Empty Spain, small towns without a future, and respect for nature: these are all themes to be found in both the novels and essays of Miguel Delibes, and are the topics for discussion by two writers who will take Delibes’ legacy as a starting point. Carrasco is the author of the unforgettable Intemperie, which was followed by La tierra que pisamos. His latest work is Llévame a casa, which tells the story of one of those small towns that will have to choose between change and disappearance, and also deals with the issue of caring for an older generation.

In Los hijos del carbón, her latest work, Sabugal covers the end of the Spanish mining industry, something she knows at first hand, having grown up in a family whose men earned a living below ground. In the tradition of narrative journalism, Sabugal travels to the areas affected by a disappearing industry. Even before publishing this book, shortlisted for the Castile and Leon Critics’ Prize, the Leon writer had published the novels Al acecho and Una chica sin suerte.