viernes, 13 de enero de 2017

The Carlist general who almost changed Spanish popular culture

Palillos is immortalized in Alain Martin Molina’s last book, “Blood of partisan”

“Blood of partisan” is the fifth book of Alain Martin Molina, based on general Palillos, an unknown Carlist who almost changed the history of Spain. The mayor from Alain’s town Santurtzi and his teacher Pablo Zapata, who also writes novels, accompanied him in the presentation on the Tower House. The Council thanked the young writer for previously presenting the book in Madrid.

Zapata also expressed gratitude to his old student for his bibliography and the editorial for how the novel looks. He explains that the book hooked him since the beginning for illustrating the two Spains with Isabelians and Carlists. The country became known for its late fruits and that ignorance persists today for reading with the Index of censorship or by winners instead of foreign authors.

Culture never totally returned to Spain because half of Spanish homes don’t receive books or newspapers and workers only specialize in their jobs. “Blood of partisan” is contextualized in a period without brilliant minds, which was repeated again in the Spanish Civil War for deaths and exiles. Zapata returns the word to Alain, who always invited his teacher to his book presentations.

“The past was a war” is Alain’s previous novel, also based on a war. A couple of lawyers became a fan of it and suggested him writing about Carlism under Madrid, because there was only just novel about that before. Those Carlists didn’t pass to popular Spanish culture, so Alain turned into his main character someone called Palillos who suddenly appeared on documents since 1833.


Using fiction to fill History

“Blood of partisan” is centered on Palillos’, who almost changed the present for reuniting seven thousand Carlists kilometers away from their origin. If Madrid would be attacked by Palillos from the south and Zumalacarregui from the north, they could have taken the country. The Carlist identity was antagonized for losing some wars and it culminated with Canovas del Castillo deleting the regional codes of laws. Fifteen years later, the PNV was born as a response and the Carlist party currently exists trying to change the Constitution.

Alain Martin Molina describes the biggest complication on writing historical fiction as not being a historian. He loves History and loves to fill the gaps to commemorate those who don’t have statues or well-known names. That’s from the experimental part of the book comes, enhancing with the wife character.


Before even thinking I writing more, Alain wants to take a break, since he has been making novels since almost a decade. His personal progression should be reflected in its bibliography to become “a real writer” over sixty. Pablo Zapata jokes that Alain is still with the feeding bottle, “nobody is born as a poet”. In the words of Alain’s grandparent, nothing is better for the human mind than contriving. Writers aren’t able to reread their older stuff and tend to delete plenty of content the more they produce because editorial processes are too long.

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