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Qalam an-najjar (O Lapis do carpinteiro - The Carpenter's pencil)
     

Qalam an-najjar (O Lapis do carpinteiro - The Carpenter's pencil)

by Manuel Rivas, Saleh Almani (Translator)
 

"I did a lot of bad things, but when I was before the painter I murmured to myself that I was sorry, that I wished I didn't have to, and I don't know what he thought when our eyes met, a moist blaze in the night, but I want to believe he understood, he saw that I was doing it to save him torment. Without further ado, without moving from where I was, I put the

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"I did a lot of bad things, but when I was before the painter I murmured to myself that I was sorry, that I wished I didn't have to, and I don't know what he thought when our eyes met, a moist blaze in the night, but I want to believe he understood, he saw that I was doing it to save him torment. Without further ado, without moving from where I was, I put the pistol to his temple and blew off his head. And then I remembered the pencil. The pencil he carried behind his ear. This pencil..."

Set in the dark days of the Spanish Civil War, Qalam an-najjar charts the linked destinies of Dr Daniel Da Barca, the Republican who, like his Biblical namesake, cheats death in Franco's prisons, and Herbal, the illiterate Falangist and Da Barca's shadow and tail, and of the unnamed painter with the carpenter's pencil, the man who unites them in life and death. Marisa Mallo, loved by both Da Barca and Herbal; Pepe Sanchez, the bolero singer; "Genghis Khan", the wrestler; Dombod‡n the Kid, the innocent; Mother Izarne, the nun. All are bound by the events of the Civil War-the artists and the peasants alike-and all are rendered, in Rivas's skillful hand, with the power of the carpenter's pencil, a pencil that draws both the measured line and the artist's fanciful vision.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789992194898
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
12/18/2014
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Manuel Rivas was born in La Coruña (Galicia), the Atlantic city, in 1957. While he was still in high-school, he started working nights, unpaid, at a newspaper. He graduated in Media Studies at the University of Complutense in Madrid and then has worked as a professional journalist in different areas of the press, radio and television. Rivas is one of the founders of Greenpeace Spain and was on its first board of directors. His work is originally published in Galician.
Manuel Rivas is without doubt one of the most important contemporary Spanish authors. From novels, short stories and children's booksto poetry, plays and essays, he covers every genre, varying his stylistic methods between the colloquial language of the man on the street in his Galician homeland and a more lyrical tone.
Manuel Rivas has been heralded as one of the brightest in a new wave of Spanish writers less influenced by magic realism and more by Spanish and European traditions, as well as by the unique history of Spain over the past seventy years. His literature gives voice to the memory of the wounds suffered by the body, land, and language.

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