Francisco Ferrer Lerín (Barcelona, 1942) has long since ceased to be a writer crowned with oddities, although his abandonment of writing is legendary (he published three books between 1964 and 1987) to care for scavengers, feeding his biography with playful adventures and secrets revealed. Since 2005 he returned to literature with the novel Nickel, He has published one book per year. Given the crosslinking of genres, his writing is unique, novel and disturbing and, as he confesses in the ‘Inventory’ section of this new installment, it could be defined as “a relation of facts” populated “with countless creative arguments”, those “that make up the writing discourse / Out of style” with which a record is based of charges that show “The indulgent tremor of those who no longer fit in the wording / Of the argumentative books or even in style manuals.” In recent years he has published three fundamental poetic books: Famulo (2009), Ice blood (2013) and this Book of confusion . Fruit of a protein imagination and dazzling lexical precision, it creates a language recovered from books and writings, from phrases taken from the “usual findings of daily life,” as the poem that gives the book its title states. Hence the rewriting of his verses is born, of its capacity of appropriation and alteration to transform the sense and endow the verse with a necessary and exalted inner rhythm, what Larrea defined as a “succession of eloquent sounds moved to radiance”. So are his poems. Book of confusion he faces the passage of time, the agony and the “cession” of death, the fear of losing the difference, even if “old age is not literary ground”. As a coroner, he rehearses a balance of life that appeals, bothers, provokes and challenges the “difficult term” of that moment in which “a harlot arrives / called Shadow.” Ferrer Lerín enters unpublished spaces with the precision of his contraplanos (love and death, humor and crudeness), and does so with his personal brand, without self-deception or sentimentality, finding the key that makes the colloquial speech good: “Deo volente, it will be (is) a great book ”.
Book of confusion. Francisco Ferrer Lerín. Tusquets, 2019. 90 pages. 13 euros