Wed. Oct 5th, 2022

By Nair Rodriguez Perez

Zaragoza, September 19 (EFE).- Barbastro-born writer Manuel Villas presented his poetry book ‘Una Sola Vida’ in Zaragoza. In it he goes through the days of the week “as a man organizes his past.” “Man time and living minutes will not come back”, because life is not like you went to a supermarket and wanted “two for one”, he assured in an interview with F.

It is a book with a melancholy look that was born as “a literary testament” and it opens a door to comedy, as Luis Buñuel did, thanks to a walk through the decisive moments of his life that stops in Huesca, his “felt homeland”.

Q: Where did the idea of ​​time travel come from?

A: This is a journey through all my poems and what moves me the most. I wanted to give them a different and original arrangement. I have been writing poetry for many years and this book is a kind of testament. I am 60 years old and I think I have written more than I have left to write. There is a certain depression over time, but it has occurred to me to treat it on weekdays.

“I was very violent, but time took away that spirit of war and rebellion”

Q: What is the course of the week then walking through time?

Answer: It is an anthology book. I haven’t collected my poetry yet, but this book is different. It is fresh and has a special order. As a person organizes his past. Not chronologically, but according to more festive and imaginative criteria.

Question: Collect old poems. What did you notice about them once you reviewed them?

A: I was very violent, but time took away that fighting and rebellious spirit. Sometimes you feel a little ashamed when you see how childish you were with these loud words. As I see, time has passed. We should have different names for each period of our life because people change based on their experiences.

Q: In a way, this genre has always been connected to you?

A: I started as a poet, but was a starving one. I went to the novel. I have a communication profession and I want to create literature that reaches people. My writing has no meaning without a reader. I wanted to practice a bilingualism between poetry and novel, although sometimes criticism separates it.

Question: Is poetry the best way to tell certain chapters of life?

Answer: It is literature that is able to describe life. There are confessional novels which are excellent and poetry is also excellent. There are many autobiographical books, although poetry has always had that element.

Question: Can you find a poem in Huesca. What feelings does this land give you?

Answer: I was born in Barbastro. I cannot explain myself without my geographical and cultural origins, which are the pre-Pyrenees and the towns of the area. It is my emotional homeland and going there brings back thousands of memories. The Barbastro I used to live in no longer exists and when I walk through town all I see are ghosts. I go through the streets and think of everything that was there before, including the people. Nothing now and yet, this is my memory. It has a lot of sentimental value.

“I’m an optimist, I don’t believe in the end of the world or anything like that. Sounds like absolute crap to me.”

Q: A future poet also dedicated…

A. Trying to talk to those who will come. I’m an optimist, I don’t believe in the end of the world or anything like that. Sounds like utter nonsense to me. This humanity thing is incredible and we are here to destroy the universe. Climate change is a scary thing, but I’m sure someone will come up with something at the last minute. The novel also has a sense of humor, which ties in with my geographical origins. I come from the same place as Buñuel (the filmmaker was also Aragonese, from Calanda, Teruel) and, although we raise the most terrible existential questions and the saddest human abyss, we always open a door for comedy.

lost time

Q: The title suggests the impossibility of recovering time. What are we neglecting?

Answer: I want to remind the reader that the moments he is living right now will never come back. The entire book is conceived as a defense of life. Surviving minutes won’t come back because you can’t go to the supermarket and say I want a 2×1. You have to live intensely without anything or anyone spoiling you.

Q: It is a kind of ‘Hakuna Matata’…

Answer: Adversity, anxiety and panic of the world are also mentioned in the book. Enjoy the world knowing this. There is a promise of personal freedom.

Q: Are we humans so time?

Answer: Yes, man time. I wanted to remember this through symbols of the week. It is pronounced in seven days, an understanding of time that everyone recognizes.

Q: Which poem would define your book? Is there a turning point?

A: There is a very important poem that I am dedicating to my mother’s death. The title is his phone number, 974310439. It is located on Wednesday in the middle of the week.

Q: And now, more poetry?
Ans: Now I have come up with a new novel. I’m going to alternate because if another book of poetry comes out, I’ll go without three meals a day (laughs).

Edited by Isabel Poncela

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