Los Llanos de Aridane promotes the return to normality with the crime and crime novel

From left to right, Juan Márquez, Charo González and Alexis Ravelo, at the presentation held at the State Public Library. / C7

All the activities scheduled by Alexis Ravelo will take place between May 18 and 21 and can also be followed by streaming

Victoriano Suarez Alamo

With four intense days with readings, talks, round tables, audiovisual projections and even a concert, Los Llanos de Aridane puts a new grain of sand for its normalization after the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano thanks to 'Aridane Criminal'. This meeting of black and police novels, programmed by the writer from Gran Canaria Alexis Ravelo and whose activities can be followed in full by streaming, will take place between May 18 and 21, after the delivery scheduled for the beginning of this year was postponed.

The author of 'The strategy of the Pekingese' and the saga of Eladio Monroy, among other successful books, defended yesterday that this proposal "is not a black novel fair in which price is mixed with value", but instead seeks bring good literature closer to citizens.

"In January was not the time to do it," he clarified in reference to the still burning effects of the volcanic eruption of Palma. "We live in dark times and the debate between creators can help us get out," explained Ravelo together with Juan Márquez, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Government of the Canary Islands, and the Councilor of Culture of Los Llanos de Aridane, Charo González.

On May 18, 'Aridane Criminal' starts at 7:00 p.m. with a meeting starring the writer Carlos Zanón, who will be moderated by Marta Mane. An hour later, the filmmaker from Gran Canaria Elio Quiroga will lead a conference that includes the screening of the film 'El cebo' (1958), by Ladislao Vajda, which is inspired by the novel 'Lapromise', from the same year, by Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

The next day, Marcelo Luján will begin to teach a creative writing workshop around the story, starting at 5:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., Eduardo García Rojas will moderate the round table entitled 'Black Harvest', with the presence of the authors CJ Nieto, Teresa Cardona and César Sánchez. Marcelo Luján will be the protagonist, from 8:00 p.m., of the activity 'Clarity from the underground', which will be moderated by Marta Marne. An hour later, in collaboration with the Antonio Lozano Chair of the University of La Laguna, Javier Rivero Grandoso will lead the meeting with the Nigerian writer Oyinkan Braithwaite, author of the novels 'My sister, a serial killer' and 'The baby it's mine'.

Councilor Charo González recalled that this meeting of black and police novels that started in 2020 will continue on May 20 with the second session of Marcelo Luján's writing workshop and a meeting between Elio Quiroga and the students of the Municipal Film School of Los Llanos de Aridane (both acts, at 5:00 p.m.). The literary universe of Esther García Llovet takes center stage with the meeting that she will star at 7:00 p.m., while at 8:00 p.m. the same will happen with one of the contemporary exponents of the genre in Spain, Domingo Villar. The day concludes at 9:00 pm with a round table, called 'Beyond gender', in which Esther García Llovet, Marcelo Luján, Carlos Zanón and Domingo Villar take part.

The activities conclude on May 21 with a reading in the street, starting at 11:00 am, by the participating authors, and at 12:00 noon there will be a celebration of 'Letters shot: Knife and malevaje. A journey through the Hispanic-American noir novel', which consists of a read concert in which Alexis Ravelo himself, the singer Beatriz Alonso and the guitarists Javier Cerpa and Carlos Oramas take part.

Juan Márquez highlighted that this edition of 'Aridane Criminal' has a grant from the Ministry of Culture, which manages the Regional Government's Institute for Cultural Development. He hoped that this literary and cultural meeting will help "emotionally recover" La Palma population "to overcome the complex difficulties they have experienced and are experiencing" after the recent volcanic eruption.

In addition, the deputy minister put the City Council of this palm town as "an example to follow" for its "cultural management and for placing this sector at the center of its activities", even strengthening ties with America and Africa.

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