BARCELONA, September 21 (EFE).- Writer Cristina Araujo has won the 18th Tusquets Novel Award of Gami for “See That Girl”, a work pressed out of 736 manuscripts submitted to the competition. He addressed the issue of gang rape of women.
With “See That Girl,” Cristina Araujo makes her narrative debut through the dramatic experiences of a girl in her late teens, who was the victim of a gang rape.
The president of the jury, Antonio Orejudo, highlighted the courage of the winner in a press conference, saying that “a novel has been built on a very delicate subject, since in this case there is a risk of turning the narrative of the episode into a pamphlet. Good guys and bad guys and the reader ends up identifying with the good guys. does and the narrator encourages that tendency.
But the novel, he added, “escapes that simple narrative of a complex episode and uses literature to put itself in the shoes of all the people involved.”
For jury member Sara Mesa, it is “a novel of great psychological depth, precise, exquisitely constructed, which intelligently dissects the ins and outs of patriarchal thought, which it dares to look head-on in all its complexity.”
Jury Eva Cosculuela also considered that “it is impossible to finish the novel without feeling anger and rage” and emphasized that they were seduced by the tone used by the author, who avoids any deception or cliché to describe any situation and feeling. It is difficult to calculate.
For his part, the author admits that, when he reads, what interests him most about the novel is “the introspection and psychology of the characters, the feelings reflected in the hidden emotions and feelings that we sometimes hide because we think they are hideous and inappropriate, but that they Actually universal.
With the winning novel, his aim was to “expose the characters to an extreme situation and analyze the way the hero is facing, one by one, the unexpected consequences of sexual abuse and their human reactions. The environment, which gives the trauma different degrees of intensity.
As for the narrative structure, Araujo chooses to give the reader different points of view, with the aim, he says, “to reflect the complexities and vulnerabilities of the complexities that affect all people.”
According to the author, the origin of “Look at the girl”, in reading various news in the press and in some series that he saw addressed the subject and was fundamental to the psychological and multifaceted approach, Araujo reveals, the novel “My sister, my love”, Joyce Carroll by Oates, which was based on a true story, the murder of a young beauty pageant.
In addition to his interest since adolescence, the author had to document himself describing the scene in the hospital when the girl came to know about the protocol followed in this case after the rape, she read the trial transcripts and completed the process talking to a lawyer and a psychologist.
There are parts written in the second person, specifically to describe the protagonist’s intimacy, and the rest are narrated in the third person, to give the perspective of a classmate, mother or bully.
With a degree in English Linguistics from Complutense University, Cristina Araujo (Madrid, 1980) worked in a dubbing studio reviewing translations of documentaries for Historia, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BBC and Telemadrid channels.
Araujo Gamir, who has been writing since a very young age, has won several awards for stories published in literary magazines such as Archiletras.
Cristina Araujo has been living in Frankfurt (Germany) since 2011, where she resumed her writing practice.
The editor of Tusquets, Juan Cerezo, assured that this novel “supports the true purpose of the prize to discover new voices and this year it can be said once again that a writer is born”.