Eva Baltasar: "The human species has had its moment and has wasted it"


Eva Baltasar (Barcelona1978) already has "triplets". Literary and with poetic DNA. He assumes it smiling before a copy of 'Mammoth', with which you close your triptych of characters that embody various ways of experiencing motherhood. with the first, 'permagel', his novelistic debut after several collections of poems, won the Llibreter; with the second, bouldering, illuminated just at the beginning of confinement, the Premi Òmnium. Raised as one of the inescapable names of Catalan letters, she returns with another protagonist, 24 years old, "more violent, more misanthropic, a woman who goes to the extreme, returns to the primal and embraces absolute solitude in a much more animal world"where it expresses "his instinct to live freely and intensely and a sexual drive that is reproductive".

I have searched within myself and shed light on dark places in which we do not usually dive, on that 'mammoth' that we all carry inside. In violence, which we usually contain


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'Mamut' (published by Club Editor; Spanish translation in Random House Literature) "is more austere than the previous ones, also on a linguistic level, harder, like the protagonist". A woman "That she lives in a society in which she feels very uncomfortable, where she has very precarious jobs even though she has a degree, that she feels that they are taking advantage of her, that they are sucking the life out of her. That he looks like the mammoths, who in his time seemed like the kings of the territory but were in the crosshairs of the hunters ". And that he decides to leave a" hypocritical society "and go to a dilapidated farmhouse, without a bathroom, only with a latrine, in a sparsely populated rural area. "Think, what do I need to live? Very little: a roof, food...", says Baltasar, who has lived in Cardedeu (Vallès Oriental) for years, remembering what she herself did when he was in his early twenties. "I had a small child and I went from Barcelona to a house without electricity in Berguedà for three years. There was a toilet there and I had to install a kind of shower, it wasn't as horrible as in the book. You come from the city, without know nothing: one day a scorpion enters the house and you don't know what to do; you tell yourself that you will make a garden but you don't know where to start; you think, I will have chickens, but how do I kill them? a solitary and isolated place that is familiar to me and that is not at all idyllic or bucolic if you live it as a dispossessed person who arrives there with nothing".

Nobody can tell me how I have to live my life but they do not stop creating perfect patterns of how to be a mother and whoever does not fit into them is excluded


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There, in a lonely setting, barely inhabited by a shepherd in his sixties and his sheep and dogs, where "the law of the west or the law of the jungle prevails", the protagonist "achieves fulfillment" and tries satisfy "a sexual desire stripped of labels". "She feels attracted to women who reject her and goes with men following her instinct to gestate and reproduce, to make life pass through her. In the end she thinks that with a specimen of the same species she has enough," explains Baltasar. And he adds: "She is not a woman with a great maternity instinct or with a great desire to be a mother or to build herself socially as such, because it is one thing to give birth and another to take care of the child. Nobody can tell me how I have to live my life, but they do not stop creating perfect patterns of how to be a mother and whoever does not fit into them is excluded.

"I use my protagonists as a mirror of myself and of the dark part that we carry inside," he admits. I have searched within myself and shed light on dark and unconscious parts of me that we do not usually dive into, on that mammoth that we all carry inside. In violence, which we generally contain. I put myself in the situation of the character and I wonder if I could respond violently in certain situations. Yes? So let's dig into it."

The world is full of noise, of propaganda stimuli that only lead to consuming and perverting the environment. My spirit tires me a lot and I need a lot of peace


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Its protagonist says that "where there are people, the world is 'llardós'", that is, filthy. "She looks for her way, to know what she wants to do with her life. For that it is necessary to know oneself and it helps to find spaces of solitude and silencesomething that society does not allow us, with so much noise and acoustic and visual pollution", says Baltasar, whose character not only flees from people, but "from a world full of propaganda stimuli that you find even if you don't want to, that don't lead anywhere other than to consume, consume and consume. And pervert and pervert the environment. My spirit tires me a lot. I, like her, need a lot of peace". To preserve it, he points out, He is not on any social network, nor does he watch TV or read newspapers. "This way I can let the mammoth breathe without letting myself be carried away by the beast," she points out.

With the pandemic, many have returned or wanted to return to the field. "With confinement, people looked like small sunflowers or satellite dishes oriented towards rural areas. For a moment we imagine a less polluted planet, but we have not learned anything. We have put the direct and return to what before. It is still possible to cultivate love, happiness, sharing... but I have a realistic-pessimistic vision, I am not optimistic with the human species -the Mint-. Sometimes you think I hope we all disappear and the planet can be repopulated with animal specieswith mammoths if necessary, that they have their moment because we have had ours and we have wasted it. In two or three centuries we have killed everything and we are dragging the rest of the species with us.

Sometimes, you think, I wish we would all disappear and the planet can be repopulated with animal species


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Through his character, he also condemns exploitation in the precarious labor market. "Sometimes you have no choice, I myself have had many jobs, skilled and unskilled. But it is unworthy and against human nature to work 10, 12 hours every day... we are not prepared for that level of continuous stress. The only beep of the mobile is an alarm signal for the brain. It does not allow us to live a full life even if we live 80 years. Wouldn't it be better to live 30 without hitting? Most of the time we spend working or solving problems or eating the jar with problems, or trying to look like models that we have been told are ideal. We are wasting life."

It is unworthy and against human nature to work 10, 12 hours every day... we are not prepared for that level of continuous stress


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Baltasar is already working on a new project that he still doesn't know if it will come to port. What is clear to him is that he will cut here "that thick thread of motherhood or non-motherhood" that runs through his work, too the poetics. This added a new title at the end of the year, 'Nus Schiele' (Club Editor), a handmade and limited edition of 1,000 copies, with 24 poems where he reflects what he feels before 20 erotic portraits of the Austrian painter Egon Schiele. "I am questioned by their very naked figures, in foreshortening, which at times seem to suffer, like the protagonists of my novels.” It is the world of Eva Baltasar.

'Mammoth'

Eva Baltasar

Publisher Club

128 pages. €17.50

In March, the Spanish edition arrives in bookstores, in Random House Literature, translated by Nicole d'Amonville



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