Home-Pérez Galdós Museum, in collaboration with the House-León y Castillo Museum, welcomes, on January 15, at 7:00 p.m., the presentation of Traveler’s Story by Jesús Nicolás Socorro. The event will be attended by the director of the Pérez Galdós House-Museum, Victoria Galván González, and the director of the León y Castillo House-Museum, Franck González.
The aforementioned novel narrates the transfer of Benito Pérez Galdós in the middle of the 19th century to Madrid, where you plan to start the Right’s studies. A trip in which the anecdotes happen in the steam which moves him and in which the author turns Galdós “into a literary drone that assumes the identity of the trip”.
Traveler’s Story it is the first literary project of Jesús Nicolás Socorro, merchant marine and engineer by profession and a lover of the work and the figure of Galdós, which has a lot to do with the birth of this novel.
How did the idea of writing come up Traveler’s Story about the figure of a young Galdós?
I have always had in mind the story of my grandparents’ trip to Cuba, where my father was born, in a 19th century ship. And having, as I have, Don Benito as a reference, I took it, put it in a boat and we set sail.
Galdós has always been present in my life. An anecdote, to which I have a lot of love, was when on Sunday I was commissioned to move a very special piece from Tenerife to Gran Canaria. I was the captain of the ship and, when they began to disembark, I saw that it was the sculpture of Benito Pérez Galdós, which is now in front of the Theater.
In the story, what about fiction and what about the author himself?
As we usually say Santiago Gil In writing workshops, stories always have fifty percent of fiction and another fifty of documentary research, which includes the writer’s own life, his relationship with the sea, as a canary, always dependent on maritime navigation. As I had committed myself to Galdós, I researched all the roads he traveled and what life was like at that time: the streets, the proclamations of the waterboats, the lighting. Then I placed Don Benito in that world, without getting into his literary work because we already have him as a teacher.
How was the creative process?
What cost me the most was to link the life of Madrid with the trip, because with the literary creation characters began to appear to whom I wanted to give life. For example, I paid tribute to the fishermen of Lanzarote, de la Recova, with those they meet while sailing. Of course the characters live and accompany them and at the same time you have to be very respectful of the reader, step on land to enter your literary world.
Traveler’s Story, from the Azur publishing house, is the first part of a novel, in which Jesús Nicolás Socorro will give continuity to the characters, which readers will be able to continue accompanying in upcoming adventures.