The tale and the allegory are the tool he has found Manuel Rivas to talk about issues that affect society, such as the dizzying pace at which we move, the excess of social networks or the fake news. Chispas is the author’s new book, edited by Alfaguara. A children’s story? A fun and ingenious allegory of the modern world written by one of the great pens of Spanish literature.
Manuel Rivas speaks of detours in literature, of the need to have time to read, to write, to think. One of the fundamental writers for feminism and Western literature, Virginia Woolf, asked for time and space decades ago. The author of A room of your ownShe was a defender of Spain, she said it was the most splendid country she had ever seen. He came three times and expressed his impressions in essays, letters or diaries that the Itineraria publishing house has collected in the book To the south. Travel in Spain A publication that coincides with the arrival in bookstores of another book by the British author, Kill the Angel, edited by Carpenoctem. In it he talks about women, feminism and narrative.
From Rivas’s fable, or from Woolf’s meticulousness, we pass to the portrait of the reality that surrounds us based on testimony. This is the case of Casa, a documentary and community play that has just premiered at the Lliure Theater in Barcelona. A co-production with the Teatro la Abadía in Madrid, where it will come later, before touring other cities. There are houses where you do not want to enter to live and others where you would stay a life. But what is a house for you, that you are listening to us? This is what Lucía Miranda, a young director and playwright from Valladolid, reflects on.
“I have a very close person, a PAH activist, and he always talks about those serious problems around housing. In addition, I live in a very gentrified process like La Latina, with which I keep the reflection of housing very present. Housing was a conflict for everyone, “says the creator.
Following that line of telling social and political reality through intimate stories, we have a theatrical release that has surprised us with its proposal that mixes real stories told by its protagonists. Six ordinary days, lhe new film by Neus Ballús, is a reflection on coexistence, tolerance and prejudice in human relationships through the story of three charismatic plumbers. The actors are real workers.
“My idea is to make a skeleton movie, a story that everyone can understand, but that reality seeps through all the seams and is built through reality. This is done by choosing characters when you still don’t have a script and write it for them. That is, I found the three protagonists, did many rehearsals, tests, games, to get to know each other well, and from discovering who they were and who they could be as characters, I wrote them an ad hoc film, “he says the director on Cadena SER.
We end the cultural week with two tributes. The first to Josephine Baker, singer who was born in the United States, but became an emblem of the Paris of the Roaring Twenties through her career as a dancer. This week she has become the first black woman to be part of the illustrious French who rest in the Pantheon of Paris, a secular temple, a mausoleum dedicated to the memory of the illustrious of the country.
The second tribute to Almudena Grandes. The Guadalajara Book Fair this week also had one last memory for the Madrid writer. Descendants of Spaniards have thanked the author of The ages of Lulu or I’ll call you Friday, having learned about the migration of their grandparents, the civil war and the Spanish dictatorship thanks to their works, which broke the silence that reigned in their families.