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REALITY IS SOMETIMES FRIGHTENING, BUT WE MUST LEARN TO ACCEPT IT

Author: Bruno Thursday 2 July 2020

I can’t believe it’s already July. This year, spring has been stolen from us and we have gone from winter to summer without being aware of it. Without a doubt, reality has surpassed fiction. That’s why reading Ana Alcolea’s latest book, EL ABRAZO DE LAS AMAPOLAS (“The Hug of the Poppies”), gave me goose bumps. Sometimes the real world is scary, but we must learn to accept it. That’s what happens to the protagonists of this wonderful children’s novel.

Miguel and Sabina have imagined many fantastic stories that would explain why their parents don’t let them visit the forbidden forest next to the park where they walk Gustavino.  Both decide to discover the mystery and investigate what is hidden in that forest. Their teacher Carmen, when interrogated by the children, decides to take them on an excursion to the forbidden forest. There she explains to them that in that forest there is an old war camp that is now covered with red poppies, in honor of the blood spilled there in the past. The kids discover that sometimes reality is scarier than any ghost story.

EL ABRAZO DE LAS AMAPOLAS is a children’s novel in which, through words, the courage of the little ones, their curiosity, and the fear of the adults to uncover the truth are shown. These three fundamental ingredients make the story round and remind us how important it is to accept reality. Thank you Ana Alcolea for, once again, telling us such a magical and real story. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on the Aragonese Letters Award you have received this week, which is so well deserved.

CREATIVE COLLABORATION

Author: Bruno Thursday 18 June 2020

On June 23rd a very special book will be released for me. It is a work that my great friend and writer Francesc Miralles has done during this confinement. Since the beginning of the quarantine, every Tuesday Francesc and I made a video call to catch up and find out how we were handling this exceptional situation. I will never forget those calls where we encouraged each other and gave each other advice so that we would not be overcome by fear. We are two fighting, active, and hard-working souls, so to keep our minds active, we set out to create various projects throughout the confinement. This is how TODO SALDRÁ BIEN (“Everything Will Be Fine”, Libros Cúpula / Ara Llibres) was born.

TODO SALDRÁ BIEN is a title in which Francesc interviews great “gurus” from different disciplines: psychologists, economists, scientists, artists, experts from the world of personal growth… These are professionals who give us their positive visions to face the world after the COVID-19.  I assure you that reading the words of the authors who have collaborated on this book, such as Álex Rovira, Gaspar Hernández, Sonia Fernández-Vidal, Manu Guix and Salvador Macip, have helped me to alleviate my anguish and look ahead without fear. 

Without a doubt, TODO SALDRÁ BIEN is a useful book that will help us discover the keys to facing the so-called “new normality”. Let’s try to learn from TODO SALDRÁ BIEN and try to live intensely every day. Thank you Francesc for always thinking of others and publishing books that bring us so much positivity. I’m sure this is your IKIGAI.

IT’S HARD TO TALK ABOUT LOVE

Author: Bruno Thursday 11 June 2020

There are all kinds of relationships these days. From my point of view, it is not easy to maintain a lasting relationship, for that reason, I feel that the book I will talk about today is especially useful. I’m already telling you that there is no magic love potion, but there are tools that will help us enjoy our relationships more.

According to Nika Vazquez, author of TE QUIERO, ¿Y AHORA QUÉ? (“I Love You, Now What?”), everyone wants to fall in love and share the path of life with a partner. However, throughout this adventure, some obstacles may arise that will test our way of loving and our ability to love each other. There are numerous ways to strengthen this love and to continue living love intensely. Who would not want to have these tips at hand? I am sure that many of you would like to be able to feel love with the same passion as on the first day.

I thought everything had already been said about love, but Nika surprised me again with I LOVE YOU, AND NOW WHAT? No wonder, then, that we sold the title so quickly to one of the publishers that publishes the best non-fiction books. I think this book is useful and that it’s important to have Nika’s advice for when things go downhill.

FAMILY SECRETS IN TIMES OF REVOLT

Author: Bruno Thursday 4 June 2020

Gràcia is the neighborhood where I live and work. I confess I’ve always loved it. Some people say it’s the “SOHO” of Barcelona, and they’re right (however, I see more of a human face than a fashion one). I love living in the neighbourhood: shopping in the market, walking the streets, talking to the drugstore guy, the woman in the clothing store, the pharmacist… these things only happen in a real neighbourhood like this one.

The group Enciclopèdia Catalana has just recovered Carla Gracia’s work entitled SET DIES DE GRÀCIA, a novel set in 1870 that places us in the Barcelona neighbourhood during the well-known revolt of the Quintas. During the seven days that this revolt lasted, the Gràcia district remained on the warpath by refusing to participate in the draw that would condemn the future soldiers and their impoverished families. The author focuses the action on the historical events that took place during the revolts while presenting us with the life of the main character, Marina Lledó, a strong and brave woman who has fought all her life to find her place.

SET DIES DE GRÀCIA tells a story where the family secrets are the common thread. Through these, the reader enters into the real problems that many families of the time had. These secrets are the key to the suspense we find in the play, which always keeps the reader hooked. In short, it is a well-settled and perfectly constructed story. Carla Gracia has already demonstrated her literary talent in her latest work El ABISMO. Now, with the relaunch of SET DIES DE GRÀCIA, we can see the great potential of this author who is in full literary growth.

BEHIND A GREAT MAN, THERE’S ALWAYS A GREAT WOMAN

Author: Bruno Thursday 28 May 2020

I still feel those butterflies fluttering in my stomach every time an author opens. Discovering Laura Mas, one of the latest additions to the agency, has made me feel these emotions again. When she came to the office, I immediately felt that we understood each other perfectly and that there was a certain connection between us. I was unable not to fall in love with the project she presented to me that day. That project was LA MAESTRA DE SÓCRATES (Socrates’ Teacher) and this week it finally arrived in the bookstores. 

Year 440 BC. The politician and orator Pericles asks for the help of priestess Diotima of Mantinea to rid Athens of the plague. During the purification ceremony, a thirty-year-old Socrates is fascinated by the wisdom of this woman. The philosopher soon discovers through his dialogues with Diotima that he knows nothing about love and begins to learn about the mysteries of Eros. LA MAESTRA DE SÓCRATES presents the figure of a brave woman ahead of her time whose ideas are the origin of the concept of Platonic love. In Plato’s Banquet, Socrates reveals to the rest of the guests: “Everything I know about love I learned from her”.

LA MAESTRA DE SÓCRATES is a novel that takes us back to the golden age of Athens, a city that would eventually form the foundations of Western culture. Throughout the pages we will witness several lessons that would end up inspiring the foundations of our philosophy. Laura Mas shows us with this novel the truth behind that famous phrase that says “behind a great man, there is always a woman”. Do you want to know the real story between Diotima and Socrates? Don’t miss this novel about one of the fundamental figures of philosophy.



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