Arturo Prez-Reverte: "If a child escapes that life is a struggle, he can not defend himself as an adult"




This Sunday will be able to get with THE WORLD 'The little Hoplita', written by the best seller and that is the first delivery of the collection of children's stories 'My First'.

Arturo Prez-Reverte.

"How beautiful will be a collection of stories for children where the most important authors in Spanish could be", thought a day Arturo Prez-Reverte (Cartagena, 1951) while hurrying a glass of wine. He made a list and it turned out they were all his friends. I had to convince them. "For that I called them one by one and wrote the first book of the collection, which will be 'The Little Hoplita', to send it to all those who were going to participate and hook them to the project." This was how they signed up Mario Vargas Llosa, Javier Maras, Eduardo Mendoza, Juan Mars, Almudena Grandes, Enrique Vila-Matas and Luis Mateo Dez.

'The little Hoplita' is a song to the herosmo set in the Battle of the Termpilas, "one of the greatest struggles of Western civilization to preserve their values ​​against barbarism," according to its author.

With this illustrated book, which you can get this Sunday with the newspaper for 6.95 euros, starts the 'My first' collection where some of the most important authors in Spanish language are passed on to children's literature.

Why will this historic event interest the youngest?
It all depends on how you approach it: the trick here is to get a child into the center of the battle of the Termpilas. They are ideal readers because their imagination is still virgin and they identify with any narrative model. They are going to feel part of that struggle, they are going to connect with that mother who is waiting for her on the walls, with the problems that their friends are going through, anyone understands that.
How did it occur?
He wanted a work that was not politically correct, that a child could be seen in that dramatic historical moment where there is death and a price is paid. It is a moral story: sometimes you have to fight to defend some values ​​and that fight can be symbolic, it is not necessary to take a sword. Any citizen should feel responsible since childhood with his peers, his world, his memory and his future.
The debate on censorship in children's literature continues.
The stupid want to sell an image of a rose-colored world. If you tell a child that everything is cartoon and that the dragons are kind, then discover a much more cruel reality. As the wolf is the work done, we are making it easy for the throat to be slaughtered.
What is the solution?
The world is idiotic and culture is idiotic with the world, but why resign itself to it? If a child escapes that life is also struggle, death, danger, uncertainty and loneliness, he will not know how to defend himself when he is an adult. You have to show that in a proper way, that is not traumatic. Traditional stories have pain, suffering, fear, they have real life for good and bad, with light and darkness. In my book I intend that: that children become familiar with words that are disappearing from children's stories.
What readings marked him when he was little?
On the day of my first communion I was only given books, I found a more than reasonable library for a child of eight years. The great classical Greek and Latin myths were fundamental in my training but maybe it is The Three Musketeers that best symbolizes a moment of my reading life. In the work of Alexandre Dumas everything is: friendship, struggle, death, danger, love, that gray eminence that moves the strings, generosity, loyalty, courage … The works you read at that age influence you for the rest of your life .
Those books were responsible for the future Prez-Reverte writer?
I've never been a writer, just an accidental writer. Since always what I have been is a reader and I still read a lot. As a result of these readings since I was very small, and that I lead a more or less hectic life, I write books. But I can not write tomorrow and be as happy. I owe happiness to my readings.

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