Fri. Sep 30th, 2022

By Gustavo Borges

Mexico, September 18 (EFE) .- For the Colombian writer Laura Restrepo, one of the most recognized writers in Latin America, the future of humanity may be among the so-called losers, those from below who know love and solidarity.

“The future may be among the so-called losers; the capacity for solidarity and love depends on them. Perhaps there is a future, more than a sedentary society, with individualism that has grown like a rare flower,” the author assured in an interview with F this Sunday.

Restrepo is presenting “Ancient Lovers’ Song” in Mexico, a work that recreates the milieu of African migrant women, drawn from the author’s travels to Yemen, Ethiopia and the Somali border as part of Doctors Without Borders.

From the first interviews in those countries, the Chronicler received repeated responses from women in rags: “I am a descendant of the Queen of Sheba”, which led him to write the novel, recreating the lives of the most pagan. Biblical figures, which also appear in the Koran.

Colombian author and journalist Laura Restrepo speaks in an interview with IF on September 16, 2022 in Mexico City (Mexico). EFE/Mario Guzman

“In this novel her kingdom is her life; she is beautiful and knows how to protect herself from the elements. In those places, women suddenly appeared in the middle of the desert; I saw those beautiful silhouettes, in harsh conditions, with their sick mothers, with their children. And I crown from the queen Decided to take it,” he admitted.

A man is looking for his love

Bose Mutus, a young writer, left the convent life where he was a disciple of the philosopher Thomas Aquinas. He falls in love with the Queen of Sheba and sets out to find her around the world. In Africa he met Zahra Bayda, a Somali midwife, and together they set the course for the novel.

“I’m behind Mutas. It was important to me that it was a boy because I needed someone obsessed with the queen. It has to be plausible that the reader can see that Mutas is in love with something so abstract, as if looking for her to rule the world. He sees her everywhere. ,” the author said.

Laura Restrepo speaks with the same passion she writes. He moves his hands with unpainted nails, changes the tone of his voice and does not hide what is marked by “Pata de Cabra”, one of the names of the disgraced king.

After writing several reports for the Spanish newspaper El Pais, which led to her visit to Africa, Restrepo felt the urge to depict through fiction the pain of migrant women in search of a better future. For seven years he searched, added knowledge to his notes, and the result was a book of poetry.

“They are going up. From Somalia and Ethiopia, Kenya and Eritrea, Djibouti, Uganda. Hundreds of women with their children… They say they are going to Saudi Arabia and from Saudi Arabia they will go to Europe because they want to study,” the novel says.

They are women abandoned because the men went to war. They move with their children and in a certain way they symbolize what humanity has always been, a race of nomads.

“Humanity has always been on the road, since when was there such a sedentary lifestyle, walls, visas, armies, walls of infamy, prevent the arrival of immigrants. Surely, when famine, drought, nuclear war come, they will turn the river of immigrants into millions again”, He argued.

King Solomon surrendered

King Solomon fell in love with the Queen of Sheba’s intelligence, integrity of spirit, and strength. He is so taken with beauty that he doesn’t even notice the woman’s butt.

The novel recreates the relationship of the two biblical figures from a sympathetic to trivial phrase. He tries to tempt her with some scrolls of knowledge, but they fall into the wrong hands, unable to appreciate her.

“A man who goes down in history to be wise had to fall in love with the wisdom of the rebellious woman, the devil, wise to die, who also knows the scriptures,” he explains.

Mutas says that while he was in these parts, his mother was given a child. A woman leaves him with him because she cannot save him, but having a child is not possible and the image of the boy haunts her forever. The novel recreates that true story and the pain stories of others, those creatures whom society calls losers because they are poor.

Laura knows that the word loser in this case is not loser. A frugal life, without luxuries, but with the power of wisdom, solidarity and love, think millions.

“It’s interesting to think that they won by losing,” he argued, believing that if humanity was to be saved, it would be if it turned away from selfishness and held each other’s hands, like the women in his novels.

Edited by Juan David Moso

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