We meet again with José Hierro, one of our most important poets, on the occasion of his centenary. On the cover, an unpublished self-portrait of the author of ‘New York Notebook’. Inside, articles by Luis María Anson, Luis Antonio de Villena, Luis Alberto de Cuenca, Fanny Rubio, Jesús Munárriz and Julieta Velasco, which evoke, some from friendship, their human warmth and their unrepeatable poetic dimension, always alert to the human.
A burning alphabet, with terms such as ‘Hallucination’, ‘Nayagua’, ‘Inspiration’ or ‘Shame’, and an unpublished drawing complete our tribute to the great writer of pain and joy that we share with our readers.
We take advantage of International Children’s Book Day, which is celebrated on April 2, coinciding with the birth of the famous storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, to confirm that so many works aimed at children and adolescents have never been published or read. Publishers, booksellers and authors analyze the phenomenon in our pages. In addition, we recommend some titles among the latest novelties of children’s literature.
The Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006, returns with the nights of the plague, our book of the week. In this novel, Pamuk once again tells us that, behind the ideologies, civilizations, language or religion that we practice, deep down there is a common element, the similarity in responses to injustice or the desire to be loved.
Reviews of the latest by Eugenio Fuentes, Bernardo Atxaga, Bernat Castany and Elena Ferrante give way to the book landscapes of communismwhere Owen Hatherley tells the story of the communist 20th century through its buildings, its grand avenues, its patriotic monuments and its public spaces.
In the central pages of the magazine, Eloy Tizón offers us an unpublished story, my life among cannibalsabout three young and rebellious students of a school of nuns who prepare a play until everything goes wrong.
Our Art section is opened by someone who doesn’t need much of an introduction: Antoni Muntadas. National Prize for Dobel (Plastic Arts and Velázquez), this nomadic artist and audacious researcher comes to the CAAC with a new adventure with which he breaks down his personal vision of the Philippines. We tour the exhibition halls with him.
Another outstanding exhibition is the one that the Reina Sofía dedicates to the evolution of graphic art and its role as a tool for social vindication during the first half of the 20th century in Germany and Mexico, with the title From Posada to Isotype, from Kollwitz to Catlett.
Arrives at the Calderón Theater in Valladolid the holy innocents, theatrical version of the popular novel by Delibes, by Javier Hernández-Simón, who co-wrote it with Fernando Marías, who died just a few days before rehearsals began. The cast is led by Javier Gutiérrez, Luis Bermejo and Pepa Pedroche.
Meanwhile, in Barcelona, one of the most important milestones on this season’s lyrical agenda: Mozart’s Dapontian trilogy (The night of Figaro, don giovanni and Così fan tutte) at the Liceo, with musical direction by Marc Minkowski and stage by Ivan Alexandre.
In Madrid, an unpublished Albéniz arrives at the Teatro de la Zarzuela: Magic Opal, comic operetta in two acts performed for the first time on stage according to the original score. And in the National Auditorium, the pianists Javier Perianes and Martha Argerich will perform within the Liceo de Cámara cycle of the National Center for Musical Diffusion, respectively accompanied by the violist Tabea Zimmermann and by the also pianist Nelson Goerner.
In the cinematographic (and musical) field, The Beatles return with force with the miniseries get-back by Peter Jackson, the documentary The Beatles and Indiaby Ajoy Bose and Peter Compton, and the theatrical re-release of the concert Paul McCartney’s Get Back by Richard Lester. Three projects that bring the Liverpool quartet back to the present and definitively close some open “wounds”.
Also premieres for Chiara, the film with which the Italian-American director Jonas Carpignano, whom we interviewed, closes his triptych about the impoverished Calabrian city of Gioia Tauro. This third installment, which won best European film at the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Festival, lacked the dreaded ‘Ndrangheta.
All this and much more in your newsstand starting this Friday, April 1. We will wait for you.
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