LThe action begins with the appearance of a corpse on the beach of Barceloneta. The body carries an astral chart engraved on the chest and a journalist receives the order of his editor to investigate a morbid case. With this we reveal little of the story of "The artist of heaven", the novel that Alexia Dominguez has just published and presented on November 17 (19:30) in the bookstore Infamous Types of Madrid, a fast-paced police investigation into secret societies , astrology and even pharmaceutical interests in the background.
-The history of his book does nothing but complicate.
-One track leads to another and emerging elements such as the Esperanto movement, the secret societies and more mysteries that I will not disclose …
-It is a novel with many elements, but what was the first thread?
-It was a frustration and a critical look at the journalism that I have been acquiring, because I believe it is a profession that can be beneficial and detrimental to society.
-In what sense?
– You realize that journalistic companies are subject to publicity, to have to sell copies, and that makes them susceptible to falling into the morbid sensationalism, for example, something that I deal with in the book. I founded a digital magazine that had as a principle to tell the stories that were not counted – that's why I called it "La Page Zero" – and try to do it without publicity. Of course, it was impossible. That failure was like a reality hit to realize that the system does not change like that. I thought about many things, I thought about what to do.
-And what he did?
-I began to investigate in the 70s and in the ideals focused on the community and the utopias of universal fraternity. I came to secret societies, clandestine movements, sects … I even became interested in Esperanto, which proposed a universal language that was not detrimental to others. I was thinking about how an alternative future society could be proposed. I researched a lot and I conceived the story.
She acted moved by disappointment, but are not you a bit idealistic?
-I realized that I was not made for reality and that's why I took refuge in fiction. Maybe that was the way to cope and I'm not ashamed to say that there is a "naive" point. The world works like that and I'm not going to change it. But I wanted to put those ideals of youth in the book and I think there are many journalists who work hard to get the truth out, although the general perception is that reality is overwhelming. The figure of the reporter who has been working with his sources for 20 or 30 years and who is on the street and who is investigating is being lost. The newsrooms are filled with newly graduates writing news to generate "clicks" that have no interest.
-There are many elements in the novel, why art?
-Because I think that when you want to destroy a society, the first thing you have to do is finish your art. It is the first wall that you demolish so that society stops expressing itself and thinking about itself. And then there is the story, the control of the facts. I liked to imagine the art disappearing.
-The superstition also has a role: the zodiac is key.
– I've always had that curiosity. A society needs, in addition to culture, beliefs and values. We are used to religion, but I did not want to introduce those concepts of good and evil, but to speak of the influence of nature on us. Just as the moon or the sun change the tides and the mood, I thought how the stars do it and I got in touch with the Astrology Society of Catalonia and I understood. It is not so much that your destiny is written, but if you know how to act in consequence to a behavior model that is proper to you, you will achieve, say, the best version of yourself, and, therefore, happiness.
-We have not talked about murder and investigation.
-It's the point of union. I wanted a journalist to star in everything and I did what he would do. I went to ask the Society of Astrology and the Society of Esperantists, I spoke with a forensic doctor, a police investigator and a commissioner of the organized crime brigade. He told me that sects today are not made by an uncle with a robe on a hill, but by someone in a suit and Power Point. And all the research that Alexia Domínguez was doing became that of Álex Dalmau, the protagionist.
-Well, I understand that Alex still has work …
-I like to think that the book was the first season of a series. There are still questions to be answered …