The journalist Inés Martín Rodrigo wins the Nadal with a novel about the therapeutic power of literature

In a new year of record with 937 manuscripts, the Nadal Award has relapsed at the Journalist Inés Martín Rodrigo. The reward with the most sludge of the Spani

The journalist Inés Martín Rodrigo wins the Nadal with a novel about the therapeutic power of literature

In a new year of record with 937 manuscripts, the Nadal Award has relapsed at the Journalist Inés Martín Rodrigo. The reward with the most sludge of the Spanish letters and endowed with 18,000 euros has distinguished the novel of it the forms of wanting, which claims the therapeutic and repairing power of literature.

"Joan Didion said that we tell ourselves to survive, so it has always been for me with the written words ... It is also like that for Noray, the protagonist of the novel, who before a very serious emotional crisis, in the middle of An inconsolable duel, resorts to the shelter, under the protection and the consolation of the words, as I have been so many times. And he faces the novel he has been shuffling so long ... ", Martín Rodrigo, cultural journalist of the ABC newspaper , after collecting the prize in the traditional (and sober) ceremony of the Hotel Palace de Barcelona, still marked by the restrictions of the pandemic. And he has done it 78 years after Carmen Lafort premiered the Nadal with nothing, an ephemer who becomes special meaning this year since closes the commemorations of the centenary of the birth of the writer.

The forms of wanting, which destiny will publish on February 2, begins with a duel, two duels actually, in the context of the pandemic to draw a history parallel to that of our country, from the civil war until the 21st century. "Noray has many things about me, life has been filtered in fiction," Admit Martín Rodrigo, whose mother died when she was only 14 years old. "That duel has accompanied me all my life; it is something that is not cured, it is a way of living, you get used to it," he confesses the writer, who has looked back, the familiar legacy, to his town of Extremadura to "write A tribute to our elders. " And to literature. Because literature is what saves its protagonist (and to the writer). "Noray loves literature, she is a girl who has been raised between books, as I was," he adds. And when she faces that novel she has never been able to finish she will heal the wounds, the pain of the duel, the absence of her grandmother. "It's not autobiographical, I figured to the extreme family memories to invent, which is a wonderful verb," Matiza Martín Rodrigo.

In 2016, Martín Rodrigo published his first blue novel is the hours (espasa) in which he rescued the forgotten figure of the Sophia Casanova writer, one of the first correspondents of Spanish war, which covered the two world wars and came to interview Trotsky In 1915. The whole work and the race of Martín Rodrigo is linked to literature: writes about books on the pages of the newspaper, rehearsals, stories and novels. Also in 2016 he published a trial dedicated to the deceased David Foster Wallace, the genius that did not know how to have fun, and in 2020 he collected his chronicles and interviews in a shared room (debate), where he deepened the meaning of being a writer and woman from his Conversations with Jeanette Winterson, Lorrie Moore, Siri Hustvedt, Rosa Montero, Svetlana Alexiévich, Isabel Allende or Margaret Atwood. In an evident tribute to Virginia Woolf in the title, he traced a cartography of the great contemporary writers.

The Catalan version of Nadal, the Premi Josep Pla (gold with 6,000 euros) has also been for another journalist, Toni crunetry, popular Face of TV3 telenot. With the Vall de la Llum it was released "in the genre of the memorialistic narrative, practically grabbing the novel," he admits. From the death of the grandfather of him in a geriatric residence during the first wave of the Covid, Cruanyes has dived in the family legacy to tell "the story of a time, of a country". "It is a tribute to an entire generation of men and women who survived a war and who has had to face a pandemic at the end of his life," he has highlighted. A theme very similar to that of Martín Rodrigo, although it moves away from fiction.

Just 10 years ago, Cruanyes already rose with the Joan Fuster trial prize for an antídot against L'Extrema Dreta (an antidote against the extreme right) that he wrote after his stage as a correspondent in Paris before the rise of the most radical right.

Updated Date: 06 January 2022, 21:01

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