The generation that wants to denounce the State

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He did not intend to make Sònia Hernández (Terrassa, 1976) with 'The place of waiting' (Cliff) a generational portrait, but some works escape the intention of its creator and that probably happened with the novel of the Catalan writer, one of the most interesting voices of the national literary scene. «If everyone (except me) says that it is the portrait of a generation, it must be, but my will was to show disenchantment as a vital moment that happens when one passes 40 years and you discover, with Gil de Biedma, that life I was serious, ”explains the narrator.

For 'The place of waiting' characters parade who do not know who to blame for not having achieved the dreams they were promised. There is Malva, the actress who went through a bad stage and now serves drinks, but who thinks that in two years she will be able to resume her career, there are those who take refuge in art as comfort or protest; or those who, like Javier, intend to denounce their parents, the school or the State. «A few months ago the news appeared that a 27-year-old Indian had denounced his parents for begetting him. They told me that I had been inspired by this news, but I did it in the painter and playwright Iago Pericot, who died last year and my friend, who said he was going to denounce the Church and the State for having robbed him of youth ”, points Hernandez.

Growing older is managing failed expectations, and more so in the case of young people born in the 60s and 70s, some of whom, like in the novel, sang the 'Face to the Sun' at school and who, however , in their teens they saw democracy arrive and with it, hope. «In the 60's developmentalism there was a special effervescence, a desire for the country to change. But all those people, when they have reached a certain age, have had to become more realistic, ”explains the author of 'The Pissimboni' and 'The man who believed himself Vicente Rojo'.

Complaints against the reality of its protagonists allow the writer to reflect on victimhood and pain. «Both victimhood and pain can become a comfort zone. Pain can also be a way of not getting bored and I do detect a certain victimistic attitude among many people (not all, obviously) of those who were born in the late 70s, ”says Hernández, admirer of the writer Emmanuel Carrére. «Carrére said that at the beginning he had to invent pain and abjection, but that after a while he did not need to invent it because he had known it. My books may come out dark, but my reference images are brighter, ”says the author.

The struggle between individual and collective responsibility is another of the axes on which 'The place of waiting' pivots. "Many times I wonder to what extent the individual is diluted in the collective and one gets carried away," says Hernández, who for Malva was inspired by a television series actress who worked as a waitress and she met in Barcelona. «They said that the cables had crossed him, but that, as soon as he overcame his depression and drug problems, he would be an actress again. I was obsessed that he always said: 'In two years'. How could I be so clear that everything was going to be fixed in two years? How can we imagine what our life will be like in two years? ”The writer questions.

In the novel there is also a critique of the political system of the transition, at a time when the old does not just die and the new is not just born. «The political system has not done well and the Franco regime and the transition are still remaining. But we cannot blame only politicians. Are we being assemblies again? I believe that hope must be maintained every day without the need for thousands of people to gather in the squares. The challenge is education and culture, so that people are able to have a critical spirit, ”concludes Hernández.

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