La Hora Extra: Novels to end the year and museums that are rearranged | The Extra Hour



The literary sector celebrates the best year of the last decade. This is reflected in the sale of books, which is up 15% compared to 2019, the year before the pandemic. Álvaro Manso, spokesman for CEGAL, the Spanish Confederation of Booksellers Guilds and Associations, confirms that “the trend that began in the year of confinement is thus consolidated, where we gained and recovered readers in Spain, also thanks to the local bookstores.”

As a curiosity, the explosion of the comic, since for the first time the manga surpasses that of American superheroes in sales. But today we want to focus on two literary novelties. Two poets who have just published their first novel. Pol Guasch is one of the young people on the literary scene, who has moved us with Napalm in the heart, Napalm in the heart, a story that won the last edition of the Anagrama de Novela book award. A work with a lot of poetic prose.

“There is the need to break certain codes, not that theoretically the long canonical novel with a transparent and realistic beginning with a transparent and realistic outcome is theoretically already overcome and thus exceeds it in the history of literature many times, but despite that it continues to be created and continues demanding no then I believe that there are several very, very interesting breeders who do agree the best in their youth or in the daring of starting to get into a place where no one has called us to try to grasp the conscious that the representation is not only of the presentation but also is creation of a world “, says the writer.

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The second poet is Lola Mascarell, journalist and teacher of Spanish Language and Literature. He has published several collections of poems. He has a personal blog: Record of yesterdays, qwhich already says a lot about what it collects there. And he has just published his first novel: We will no longer be, edited by Tusquets.

The book has two protagonists. A girl who grows up, goes through adolescence and as an adult tries to buy the family home where she spent the summers of her childhood. And that house, which houses objects, experiences, sayings, stories, languages ​​and games … memory, after all. An extraordinary novel to value those simple things, as the song says, that devours time.

Museums are updated to the new realities of the 21st century

Museums and the spaces they house must be flexible and adapt their exhibitions over time. And it is what they are doing, at least some. Manuel Borja-Villel, director of the Reina Sofía Museum, has dedicated the last year to rethinking the permanent collection on the four floors of the Sabatini building and the two of the Jean Nouvel building, inaugurated in 2005. The result is a new conversation between artists, researchers, historians and the public that had not been produced since 2010, the last reorganization of the art gallery. A public museum, explains the director, “must try to provide the tools so that we better understand the times in which we live. Our mission is to try it from culture, specifically art ”.

The tour is now thematic and not chronological. It is the same as the Thyssen has proposed, which this week has presented a rearranged exhibition of its American art, the most important collection in Europe. “The museum collection has been very static for more than 25 years and it is time to give it a roll to incorporate the new political, philosophical or ecological views that have emerged,” acknowledged this week Pilar Alarcó, head of the Modern Painting Conservation Area of ​​the gallery.

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The exhibition American art he tells us, by subject and not chronologically, how the United States that we know today was built. A tour based on nature, people and things that emerged from that cultural interaction.

And we end with one of the albums of the week, New songbook from Burgos, from The Marvelous Alcohol Orchestra. An album inspired by the popular repertoire of his land. The band has composed the music for the occasion and the lyrics are taken from two books: Cancioneros burgaleses, by Federico Olmeda and Antonio José, published in 1903 and 1932 respectively. Lyrics with a language much closer than we thought, says LA MODA




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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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