The writer Lorenzo Silva (Madrid, 1966) will be next Tuesday, June 22, at El Sauzal to present his most recent novel, Castilian. The event is organized by the El Barco de Papel Bookstore and will take place, starting at 7.30 pm, at the El Sauzal Cultural Center, at 12 Manuel Nepomuceno Street, next to the Municipal Library. The initiative includes a colloquium in which the author will dialogue with the communicator Eva García. The activity is free, but it is essential to reserve the ticket through the email address [email protected] or through their social networks.
As can be read in one of the synopses of this historical novel published by Destino, the epic revolt of the people of Castile against the abuse of power by Carlos V culminated in the battle of Villalar, on April 23, 1521. The troops Imperial forces overwhelmed those of the Communities of Castile and beheaded their main captains: Padilla, Bravo and Maldonado.
That day marked the final decline of a prosperous kingdom that stretched across three continents and whose dissolution gave rise to a new Empire that made use of its people and its resources.
Since then, Castile and the Castilians have been seen as abusive rulers, when in reality their soul was lost on that battlefield and has languished in impoverished lands, depopulated cities and discolored banners. The author himself has detailed that Castilian it is “an account of events that does not exclude conjecture, not even the literary elaboration of the characters”, but which tried to adhere to what historiography has found out from their actions and character about what happened in Castile between 1520 and 1522.
His endeavor was not to make a war or adventure story, but to collect and synthesize with the greatest possible integrity some facts that “reveal the character of one people -the Castilian- and were decisive in the constitution of another -the Spanish-“, of those who have said that they feel part and those who have approached as a historiographer.
The novel supposes, they detail from the publishing house, “a trip to that failure, born of a dream of pride and freedom in the face of the ambition and greed of intruding rulers and, in parallel, of the late discovery of the author of his Castilian affiliation and of the weight that this has had in his character and vision of the world ”.