La higuera ramiro pinilla
«la higuera»: general rehearsal (by dantzarte)
As a demonstration of Ramiro Pinilla’s excellent creative moment, La higuera gives us a storyteller in his full faculties. A masterful story about revenge and forgiveness, defeats and humiliations and the unexpected mockery of History, which end up sentencing the destiny of any man.
«Novelist of superior rank», said Fernando Aramburu about his irruption. «The awarding of the Cervantes Prize to Ramiro Pinilla would preserve our era from the future reproach of not having known or not having wanted to recognize his merits. I doubt that there are many like him.»
Interview phase of the applicants for the position.
A story about a look, about pain, hatred, fear… At a time when there is so much talk about ditches and historical memory, «La Higuera», in a key of symbolism, tells and denounces the walks, hatred, revenge, the snitching… In a moment when there is so much talk about ditches and historical memory, «La Higuera», in a symbolic key, tells and denounces the walks, the hatred, the revenge, the snitching… and serves as a reminder so that history does not repeat itself. It is very well written and has very touching and moving moments and characters but the truth is that it was long for me.
With his warm and simple writing, with his reasoned poetry and his accurate vision of a past that is present, Ramiro Pinilla turns «La higuera» into a passage that takes us to the Getxo of the civil war and the postwar period, that takes us to the minds and hearts of the victims and the executioners.
The fig tree (ies julio caro baroja bhi getxo)
Damn, and how good is this book. Just like that, without making noise. Magnificently perfected characters. Cipriana’s is an anthology (of mayors thrown away). However, sometimes it’s hard to understand that Falangist bull (para) with the protagonist. But, well, blurring reality a little bit is also to be welcomed. Good narrative for a good book that hits less than Aramburu’s Patria but also delivers good blows.
A collateral story to Ramiro Pinilla’s great Getxotarra saga ‘Verdes valles, colinas rojas’ told by the teacher Mercedes and the protagonist himself, a Falangist who dedicates his life to caring for a fig tree planted on the grave of two of his victims. Intense.
Collateral story to the great saga of Ramiro Pinilla getxotarra ‘Green valleys, red hills’ told by the teacher Mercedes and the protagonist himself, a Falangist who devotes his life to caring for a fig tree planted on the grave of two of his victims. Intense.
The almost complete work of Ramiro Pinilla in ULAD: Seno, Verdes valles, colinas rojas 1, Verdes valles, colinas rojas 2 and 3, Aquella edad inolvidable, Solo un muerto más, Huesos, Cadáveres en la playa, El cementerio vacío, Las ciegas hormigas, Los cuentos.
I read it a long time ago and I remember it clearly: for me, a guarantee of quality is that the memory retains the trace of a narrative. Pinilla does it well.
The novel is divided into three sections: a large central section narrated in the voice and point of view of the protagonist; and two much shorter sections, which serve as prologue and epilogue, in the voice of another character. Does this work for you? In other words, in the two shorter sections we could speak of «witness narrator» and in the long one, of «protagonist narrator», and always with the limited viewpoint of these characters. Does this work for you? 🙂