Yaiza Díaz: the construction of a look based on words

The story of a girl named Marina and she has the need to communicate, to explain to her blind father what the world is like and not to lose detail. That is how Yaiza Díaz presents The blind man’s daughter, her first novel, a work published by Editorial Kinnamon that delves into the world of blindness and takes place in La Laguna, a city where she grew up selling coupons near the Cathedral with her father until she became a news presenter.

“This is my reason for being as a journalist, because that girl is me, and this book is a token of love for my father that now I want to share with all of you in order to bring blindness closer to you in the most natural way, as we live it. in my house ”, explains the author. Anyone who reads this story of complicity between father and daughter will walk with them through the streets of the lagoon and will recognize their bars, will be cold with them, will go, among many other things, to soccer games together, will get excited and laugh.

READ WITH YOUR HEART

At 38 years old and with an extensive professional career focused on journalism, which includes his 14 years at Televisión Canaria, Yaiza Diaz He makes his debut in literature with a novel in which he resorts to self-fiction to elaborate a story that is built from his own experience.

For this reason, he warns that it is a book only suitable for people who “read with the heart” and that he has spent a lifetime storing situations in his mind because “he knew that one day he had to tell it.” The novel, which will be presented this Friday (7:00 p.m.) at the ONCE headquarters in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, within the commemoration of World White Cane Day, and tomorrow Saturday (12:00 p.m.) at the Hotel Nivaria de La Laguna, “It is a job that makes us laugh, cry and think …”, says Christian Santana Hernández, author of the foreword. “It is true that not everything is rosy, because it is not simply a matter of Yaiza telling us her memories. Actually, he covers our eyes and lets go of our hand. If today I had to define blindness … I would tell them to read and hug The Blind’s Daughter. From then on everything will make sense ”.

The blind man’s daughter it is also the story of the writer’s grandparents, who struggled to raise six children, three of them blind. In this way, the Tenerife journalist takes the reader back to the sixties, when her grandparents had a bread shop on the lagunera Avenida de la Trinidad and her father and her brothers went to the street of the Game, “well, to that, to play with other children who watched ”.

THE WORLD FROM THE OTHER SIDE

The story will allow the protagonists to know how they lost their sight and how the world looks from the other side. And it is that, points Rafael de Lorenzo, secretary general of the General Council of ONCE, who sponsors this work and will accompany the author in her presentation: “When you look for the truth and do not see anything clear, assume that darkness is light , seen from the other side ”.

WALK THROUGH LIFE

The cover of the novel includes an image that represents the walks shared with his father by Yaiza / Marina on the path of life, which the artist, also a lagoon artist Alberto León, has portrayed, who exhibits at the London Graffik Gallery and has his own gallery in Barcelona. The photographer from La Laguna Yapci Ramos, author of the photo of Yaiza Díaz that appears on the back cover, is also living there. The layout and correction of the work has been supervised by Belén Isasi. Editorial Kinnamon has projected from the Canary Islands more than 50 publications, which delve into science, law, literature, the cosmos or nature.

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