Author: Bruno Thursday 27 October 2022

Today I’m writing this blog about Alejandro Palomas‘ latest book, ESTO NO SE DICE, and the truth is that I don’t really know where to start.  I have represented Alejandro for almost 20 years, and, besides being my friend, he is one of the best writers in the agency. We have had a relationship that has been growing and, like all relationships, it has had its ups and downs, but it has reached a point where it is a healthy, pure, wonderful relationship, far removed from the strictly professional. With a look, with a wink, with our silences we know everything about each other. So, you can imagine my shock when I read ESTO NO SE DICE, published by Destino this week, where he explains the abuse he suffered at the age of eight from his teacher.
During these 20 years he had talked to me about this period, but very little, nothing profound. I never knew how far this situation went, and when he told me that he was going to explain his experience in the media, I couldn’t believe it. I could hardly listen to him, I had to turn off the TV more than once.
However, as I read from his words how his childhood was marked by abuse, something that had never happened to me occurred: I was speechless. How can someone explain so wonderfully well such a terrifying experience? I still can’t get over my astonishment. Alejandro has made a ground-breaking book, shocking, but at the same time luminous, and that can only be done by a majestic writer. A true master of letters. Whoever thinks they are going to find something unpleasant in this narrative is mistaken. You will find a hard, cruel, but serene testimony, from his truth, to explain the memories of his childhood, the wonderful relationship he had with his mother, and in spite of this, how  difficult it was for him to confess that he was suffering when he was just a child, how he was able to resist among so many shadows, the rejection of a father, and how writing literally saved his life.
Why is it that an athlete, a singer or an actor can explain their memories, almost always dramatic, and a writer, who can best express an experience in written form, cannot? There are people who ask him why he has done it now, they think he has taken advantage of the moment and that it is an opportunistic book. Everyone is free to think what they want, but if Alejandro has written this book, it is because he believed he had to, because it is a book that can help many fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters. It is a story that talks about how being a hypersensitive person makes you a target for many, not only in the case of abuse, but also bullying, by peers or never feeling part of the group, because you are different. Literature allowed him to create parallel worlds in order to survive and here is his most sincere testimony. It is the reality of a man who chose to live by fighting with the best weapon he had, literature. I know that it is always dizzying to publish a new book, and this one even more so, but Alejandro, you have made a delicate, useful, shocking, tender, and honest book. Whoever doesn’t want to hear the truth, doesn’t have to read it, but denouncing mistreatment in such an accurate way as you do is almost the only way left for us to have hope that this world can be better. Thank you, Alejandro Palomas.

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