The Nadal prize has arrived today Sunday in Barcelona to its 75th edition and, as publishing times are not for too many adventures, he has played hard but with the strengths that have marked him in recent years: name with sales pull, plot of intrigue, some media coverage and, if possible, of the house. All this is fulfilled by the Argentine writer Guillermo Martínez, author of one of the great long sellers of the last decade, The Oxford crimes (2003), translated into 40 languages and that Alex de la Iglesia took to the cinema. His two protagonists, the logic professor Arthur Seldom and the student of mathematics G, reappear now investigating some mysterious murders whose keys would revolve around the book Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. With The crimes of Alicia, without detours, Martínez took the 18,000 euros of the dean award of the Spanish letters, which is called by the Destino publishing house of Grupo Planeta. On the same evening, the 51st Josep Pla of Catalan narrative (6,000 euros) also moved the media tricks and fell on the playwright Marc Artigau, well-known radio partner, with The vigil, where a novelist will discover a murky family episode when writing a biography to order.
A solvent storyteller forged since he was a boy in some domestic contests with his three brothers instigated by his father and who over the years would help to germinate books like Big hell (1989) or A repulsive happiness (First Hispanic-American Short Story Award Gabriel García Márquez, 2014), the formation of Martinez (Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, 1962) as a professor of mathematics has been translated into well-constructed fictional constructions, since its premiere in the genre, About Roderer (2003), or in Death slow motion by Luciana B. (2007). The taste for the fantastic and the overflowing imagination of Borges (his great reference and to whom he dedicated the essay Borges and mathematics, in 2006) was the most successful of the five novels I had published to date, Imperceptible crimes, with which he won the Planeta argentino prize in 2003 and the following year published in Spain Destino como The Oxford crimes. De la Iglesia's film did the rest.
Despite having written in between other books (the novel I also had a bisexual girlfriend or the essay The literary reason), Martinez had stayed with the desire to continue subverting the mathematical sequences of The Oxford crimes and, above all, the game-challenge of logical theories. It is in what deepens with The crimes of Alicia, when an editor who works on some manuscripts of the work is run over in strange circumstances, to which will be added the murder of a member of the literary brotherhood of Carroll, to which Seldom also belongs. The mathematical sequences plus the rich symbology of Alice in Wonderlandthey hold an intrigue in the line of Borges or Umberto Eco. "I am interested in the policeman for his conjecture: what can be known and how true what we know is true", as Martinez affirmed yesterday.
The arms of Artigau (Barcelona, 1984) pass more by the psychological turns. This is what usually characterizes the daily story he makes for the leading radio program in Catalonia, The mon to RAC1, with Jordi Basté, with whom he has written two books about a detective: A home cau and Els coloms de la Boqueria. With so far small literary prizes, some children's book, nine plays (like Ushuaïa) and five poems (Primers auxilis, Vermella…), in The vigil, his first solo novel, Raimon, radio short story writer, is commissioned to make the biography of an old woman. He will discover that he was a lover of his father and that they committed a crime. "We have a great capacity to reinvent memories. Memory is a survival mechanism, "said the writer yesterday.