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El abrecartas

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Category

Narrative

Date

2006

Original title

El abrecartas

This 'novel written in letters', as it was described by its author, is made up of imaginary letters from various Spanish intellectual and artistic figures, and covers the period from 1927 to the 1980s.

The novel opens with letters from a supposed childhood friend of poet and playwright, Federico García Lorca. The letters, and the characters who write them, continue to appear in an apparently unconnected way, but as the novel progresses, we come to understand that they are all related in some manner.

The key is to be found in 'Ramiro Fonseca', a character whose job is precisely to spy on them, and who symbolises all the informers and collaborators in the world.

One of the qualities of this novel, apart from the peculiarity of its epistolary structure, is the effectiveness with which Molina Foix makes the transition from one style to another for each of the letter writers.

Awards

National Narrative Literature Award (2007)
Salambó Award (for narrative in Castilian Spanish) (2006)

  

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