The bar as microworld, a place where the whole life goes by. Juan del Val, a radio and television journalist, has won the Primavera de Novela Prize, endowed with 100.00 euros, with "Candela", a story starring three generations of women. The work focuses on the character that gives the name to the book, a waitress of forty years of age, resabiada and savvy, who runs a bar with his one-eyed mother and grandmother. In front of them will pass a varied clientele, which is no more than the theater through which life looms and which completes the puzzle of stocks that make up the day to day of a neighborhood.
The jury chaired by Carme Riera and composed by Antonio Soler, Gervasio Poasdas, Fernando Rodríguez Lafuente and Ana Rosa Semprún, stressed that "It is a very fresh and current novel for the treatment of female characters" and has "an interesting frieze of female characters that is going to turn it into a great success ». This XXIII edition of the award, which has been presented with 1,125 originals from Europe, America, Asia and Africa, has thus fallen on a male writer, but with a great ability to penetrate the female soul. "Women have always amazed me, and not only on a sexual level. The main role of the book has put me in the character of a woman, but always starting from the fascination I feel for her. I have always felt devotion for the feminine world ", commented the winner.
The novelist, who declared himself to feel an enormous "honor to appear on a list in which Fernando Savater has been", affirmed that «Ahead of Candela, who runs a bar in Madrid, passes the whole world. I do not conceive life without a sense of humor. I think you have to laugh at everything and that's why I've chosen a character like her, who has an enormous capacity to do it and also has a sense of humor that is hilarious ». The author acknowledged that he has a very cinematic prose, "a very audiovisual way of telling stories," but said he has "no intention of taking the novel to the screen. If someone is interested in making a film, I would value it, but this is a book designed with the vocation of reading ».