In June 1958 the Biblioteca Breve prize started with a rabid will to make young writers emerge and stimulate, to renew the literary panorama. There was Luis Goytisolo with The outskirts or, just two issues later, an unknown Juan Marsé with Enclosed with a single toy: it was a finalist when the prize was declared void, but it would be obtained in 1965. In its 61st edition, perhaps with the greatest intensity of its last decade, the award that Seix Barral has joined again with its founding philosophy on the novelistic debut of the young poet Elvira Sastre, Days without you, where a young artist will find refuge to his sentimental break in the memory of a broken love story that his grandmother lived in the times of the Republic and the Civil War.
Tailor, Segovian 27 years old, just three years ago it has emerged with some force in the literary scene, example of a type of writers forged in good part in parallel and simultaneous universes such as performances and recitals in auditoriums and festivals, being both very active and followed in social networks. Its takeoff is usually as early as it is bright. A voracious reader since she was small, at 15 years old Sastre inaugurated her Blog Relocos and memories, while it spreads its verses, already marked by a viscerality and a will to arrive directly at the reader, through the network. With just 21 years old, in 2013 he publishes his first book of poems, Forty-three ways to let your hair down, which will be prefaced by Benjamin Prado. His break occurs in 2016 with the appearance of the verses of The loneliness of a body accustomed to the wound, volume supported by Joan Margarit. It also has two titles that combine illustration and poetry: You the Watercolor / I the Lyric (2013), in collaboration with Adriana Moragues, and That shore of ours (2018), with drawings by Emiliano Batista
Translator of formation (they are the Spanish versions of the poetics of Rupi Kaur or the Love Poems by Oscar Wilde), Sastre admits that the genesis of the novel with which the Biblioteca Breve has won (and its 30,000 euros) are in verses from his second book of poems, Bulwark (2014), which tell the story of a love loss. Thus, the work alternates the experiences of Gael, a young sculptor who lives the sentimental break with the model of all his creation, with the refuge in which the vital teachings that Dora, his grandmother, who lived during the Republic, are transformed love that ended with the murder of her husband. Dora, teacher, will march to recover the meaning of her life in Cuba, her husband's land.
To feed the plot, Sastre has been excavating in his family and personal environment. "Like everything I write, it has an autobiographical part; Dora has a lot of my grandmother Sote and as for Gael, her story is not mine, but during the writing I also experienced a break and part of her learning is mine, "the young author admits about the characters in a novel where memory works as a catharsis and revulsive and there is a certain melancholy happy. "My work is born of a deep introspection that I suffer from small. I am extremely sensitive. I find myself in sadness and I feel comfortable because that is where I find answers. When you are happy you do not ask anything, you do not need it. However, when we are wrong is when we question everything. That's where I know myself, where I arm myself and find the tools that help me to continue, "he says.