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“Emigrando” by Silvia Alasino

On this occasion I would like to share with you some news that makes me very happy. Finally Silvia Alasino’s latest novel titled “Emigrando” has been published.

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This is Silvia’s second published novel. This writer, who I have the pleasure of knowing well, previously released  “El Círculo”, a very sweet story you can buy here: https://www.amazon.es/El-C%C3%ADrculo-Silvia-Alasino/dp/8415377401 or in other bookstores.

Since I had the pleasure of writing the introduction of the work, I will include it so that you can see for yourself what this little jewel is about.

  • Link to get the book: https://www.amazon.es/Emigrando-Silvia-Alasino-ebook/dp/B01KHN0WHA

And here is my review:

I have received with pride and joy the task of writing the introduction for this wonderful little novel by Silvia Alasino, whose writing I have been very pleased to follow over the last few years. As always Silvia conveys her optimism and spirit, full of joy, for her rising number of followers.

However, this book shows her coming from a slightly different perspective. In fact, this novel is itself very different of what you can generally find in other literary works, whose genres are well defined and tend to be limited by political correctness and established canons. We could say we have in our hands an adventure novel, but “Emigrando” is much more than this, since it goes beyond traditional boundaries and breaks the established norms.

The protagonist of this story is Oira, a man as unconventional as he is endearing. The eccentricity of his way of being has not merely come about by chance, but is the logical result of a tough and isolating education which kept him apart from social relationships and other influences. That is the reason why his view of the world is so pure and original, since he lacks referents and outside interferences.

We could think that a person living in isolation, but with the security of what he knows and without having to fight excessively to earn a living, could end adapted to society  and  lead an existence a little monotonous, but bearable, as many other people in this world. However, those circumstances that keep Oira captive and oppressed are reinforced by destiny up to a point that this person, who was never allowed to reach maturity, decides to change his life dramatically and breaks with all that had previously formed his little universe. This is how this existential and self-discovering trip begins and the protagonist must face life, humanity, danger, fear and the unpredictable, and all of these with a sole and unchangeable aim, which is nothing more than to find what always had been denied him: the love of his peers.

This is how we find Oira who, despite having lived all his life under the control or the protection of those who surrounded him, now must face a harsh and savage environment without either money or passport, and no other guide than his own motivation. Moreover his mind, which developed in a closed environment, remained in the same state as a child, which offered him the special ability to see the world from a different and revealing point of view – and the greatness of this book is based on that.

Along this initiatory journey Oira, who is not a teenager, but a grown man, will find a number of individuals who, considered through the prism of a good part of normal society, might seem dangerous, offensive or inexplicable. But his view is free of prejudices and constraints, so he can find the good in whoever he finds along his way and allows himself to have no more guide than his intuition; and, in the way he treats others, the author finds a way of bringing up unparalleled and silenced topics such as abuse towards men, among many others. I only want to reveal that, with such exceptional events and an unpredictable character, the story occasionally turns into black humor, which intensifies our enjoyment and provokes intense feelings.

The attitude of the author when she faces these polemical questions is of a simple narrator, without involving herself in judgements, assessments or moral lessons of any kind. The only thing necessary for the reader is to enjoy the protagonist’s misadventures; thus, they are likely asking to themselves this question: how would we see society or the rest of humanity if we hadn’t been programmed with so many filters?

In the end, having such innovative ideas, we can consider this book a very atypical and modern novel whose reading won’t leave anyone indifferent. Have a good trip!

It sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Don’t think twice about it and buy the book on Amazon. It is also very affordable.

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Another literary experiment

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A great writer and friend of mine,  whom I hope I can talk to soon if her last book comes to light, had the idea of suggesting to me that I take part in one of those literary challenges I like to take from time to time and something I have talked about before: literary contests.

There aren’t many of them I want to participate in for a number of reasons. First of all, because I don’t have time, given that I have a lot of work sometimes. Secondly, because the topics of most of them, or some of the conditions of the contesst don’t seem appealing to me. This last point would be even enough to develop another post. But anyway, to cut a long story short: there aren’t many opportunities. However, from time to time something that  catches my attention appears. In this case, I found a quite interesting approach: the challenge consisted in creating a story based on a given photograph. Then all the stories are posted to see the mysterious ways in which imagination leads each one of us.

The idea seemed attractive to me, and as in that precise moment I had some time to dedicate to the project, I didn’t waste the occasion.

Here is the final result: El Libro Maldito

As you can see, the story was published in the website “Solo novela negra” (only crime novel), so it is not too difficult to guess the genre. The end purpose is a bit strange because the success of the works will be evaluated based in the readings they receive, so that those which are visited more times will be awarded as winner. Only unique visitors will be taken into account for this.

Therefore, if any of you are so kind to do me a favor, please take a look at that page to see if my classification improves a bit. The final prize would consist in the inclusion of the most seen stories in a book of which winners are given some copies. This fact by itself would help to go on progressing in my career. I am aware that it is not a great thing, but all the help is good because the race is complicated and full of obstacles.

In relation to the work, I can sum up as it follows:

The strange relationship between two friends, each one of them with an opposed personality, evolves in a complicated way due to their different goals, although they keep together thanks to a great passion which bring them together: literature. However, life has unexpected shifts and only one happening of the destiny can change everything.

What it is going to happen? You need to read the story to know it. Critics said that the end is surprising and unexpected. But I still need your opinion. Hurry up, there is no much time left!

By the way, if you like writing, I have to inform you that the contest is still open, so if you like the idea you can send your work. To be honest, there is not much time left for the deadline, but there will be new calls through the year, so visit the website!


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My Most Recent Book Is Already Here!

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My Most Recent Book Is Already Here!

As those of you who have been following me for a time already know, basically due to the annoyance I caused you, that this summer I had the chance of taking part in the interesting contest organized by Másquecuentos. This contest, which resulted in both a passionate and intense experience, was aimed at presenting a number of stories to the public for them to select their favorites with their votes. They were two very moved months in which I had no other chance to ask and beg my acquaintances for daily votes and this, for a reserved person as I, was a difficult task. However, without any doubts it was worth it, not only because of the publicity I achieved, but to test the support I have. Finally I ot a satisfactory sixth position among a sample of more than eighty works. So, I can only say one thing, thank you very much all!

But, as if this wasn’t enough, the good news didn’t end there. Maybe my sixth position wasn’t enough to win one of the official prices, but the organization team had the great idea of giving an honorific mention to the best participants according to their criteria and decided to publish a book with the 25 best stories, as a reward for the two months we spent there working. And here is the good part, I am there!

Therefore, you can reach my work and take a look at it if you haven’t done it yet. Moreover, you can enjoy a set of works from a selected group of authors that will not leave you indifferent. The book comes in two formats:

  • Free digital book. Yes, it is free. Personally I appreciate this presentation more because, from my point of view, it represents more the spirit of showing us to the public and performing a cultural group action. You can download it from this link: Free Digital Book
  • Physical paper book. The event organizers have decided to continue with new contest the aim of which is to develop a unique work encompassing different arts, such as images, music, design, etc. To sum up, it is an original project consisting of the creation of a modern book, interactive and adapted to these times. To cope with the expenses, they have initiated a crowdfunding campaign and this published book is the object that you will receive in return. If you want to cooperate with the cause, you can find the information here: Paper Book

As you can see, there are options for everybody, so if you have curiosity about reading my work, you can now do it easily J. Just to clarify it, the order of my surnames was badly written in the digital book, a sad misprint. Fortunately, this mistake was corrected in the paper book. As for the rest, exceptionally this is one of those occasions in which I would appreciate every act of copy, distribution and deliver of the digital book. This is because, as I said before, the beautiful thing about this story is the fact that it helps us to be known. So go ahead, download!

 

Dear visitors! I am competing at this moment in the contest “masquecuentos”. I need the prize to keep on working. If you are so kind, please give me your vote. It won’t steal you more than 2 minutes! You just have to pick “El Último Día de tu Vida” from the list bellow and a couple of stories more. I would love to get your opinions about my story as well.

Here is the link to my story: El Último Día de tu Vida

And here the link to vote: Votar

Thank you very much!