Nominations for Premio de la Crítica 2012 announced

novelas de 2012The Premio de la Crítica a la Novela for 2012, organised by Ficción Breve Venezolana, with the support of the Sociedad de Amigos de la Cultura Urbana and Librería Noctua, announced on 22 June its 15 contenders. The jury, comprising Professors Luis Barrera Linares, Laura Febres and Valmore Muñoz Arteaga will announce the winner, and up to three finalists, in September.

The novels in the running, in alphabetical order, are:
  1. Amantes letales, Eloi Yagüe (Ediciones B)
  2. Aquella mirada tan triste, David Hernández Rodríguez (Fundación Cultural Barinas)
  3. Catalina de Miranda, Xiomary Urbáez (Planeta)
  4. Ciudad abandonada en el fondo de mi corazón, Laura Antillano (Monte Ávila)
  5. El amigo imaginario, Pedro Rángel Mora (Monte Ávila)
  6. El jardín de los pecados, José Domingo Vázquez (Narrativa Co-Bo)
  7. El requetemuerto, José Pulido (Ediciones B)
  8. La casa entre dos soles, Marisa Vannini de Gerulewicz (Narrativa Co-Bo)
  9. Las mujeres de Houdini, Sonia Chocrón (Bruguera)
  10. Liubliana, de Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles (Bruguera)
  11. Los incurables, Fedrico Vegas (Alfa)
  12. Massaua, Arnoldo Rosas (FB Libros)
  13. Misionero del nuevo mundo, Luisa María Celis (Alfa)
  14. Mujer de tiza, Daniel Alberto Linares (Monte Ávila)
  15. Nosotros todos, Manuel Acedo Sucre (Oscar Todtmann Editores)

Read the original announcement from Ficción Breve here.

#Librodeldía books of the year: Liubliana and Caracas Muerde

This is a translation of an article posted by @storytellerve09 on 12/12/12 on #Librodeldía: read the original here.

The persistence of the combat

Caracas muerde

The sales figures of the Venezuelan publishing market are modests when compared with other countries, like Spain or France. However, the avidity of our readers has corresponded with the effort of those who publish and sell new books, so that we can now see second editions of some national works. This is occurring thanks to the conjunction of skilled booksellers, book fairs and the powerful affect of social networks (where excellent initiatives like @Queleer and @ellibrodeldia stand out).

Within the cosmos of works published in Venezuela during 2012, to chose our book of the year, we have followed the advice of Frédéric Beigbeder, harsh French writer and apocalyptic anthologist: “to choose a book that we like is to define ourselves“.

There were two books, then, that defined some of our persistent features: Liubliana (Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles) and Caracas Muerde (Héctor Torres).

From the other side of the ocean, Sánchez Rugeles developed the ghosts of a lost generation in a city that no longer exists. The result: young adults juxtaposing scenes from their lives in a page of the novel. Hector Torres, for his part, testified to a fragmentary and cannibalistic Caracas. His stories narrowed the distance between the reader and their nightmares.

Writing”, Guillermo Sucre notes, “is only a way to see reality and to be in the world”. The broken dreams of the characters in Liubliana and the survivors of Caracas Muerde, opened the eyes of their readers by setting out the terms of their internal and external combats, respectively. 

If all novels are a deception, what are we readers looking for? Reading each page we see our reflection multiplied in the mirror. Through the plot of books, we try to solve the mysteries of our pataphysics.

Perhaps in the intimacy of reading, who we were or who we put off being, calls out – from the paper – for vengeance against what Borges called “the times that we live“. This year, Sánchez Rugeles and Héctor Torres carried out the vengeance of those other-us that resound in their books.

Venezuelan literature in 2012, paraphrasing Houellebecq, has extended the battlefield; and that is reason to celebrate.