Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

By Roberto Jimenez |
Valladolid (EFE).- The linguistic economy that he applied to his work extended Miguel Delibes to the paper on which he always wrote by hand: sheets made of paper left over from where El Norte de Castilla was printed, due to its structure, easily degraded and Shows serious conservation problems.

For this reason, the objective Miguel Delibes Foundation To restore until 2023, all the manuscripts of his books that he keeps in his archive, including “El Hereje” (1998), a novel that will be a quarter of a century old next year and will be the subject of priority attention with a great exhibition.

Archive image of Miguel Delibes at his home during an interview with Agencia EFE.

Historian Mario Crespo, author of the edition and critical study of “El herje” published by the Cátedra label, will be the curator of the exhibition that will open in the last quarter of 2023 based on triple philosophical, historical and geographical aspects. Collection of originals from various files.

It will show the reality of Castile in the 16th century, a time in which the petition for freedom of conscience that Delibes signed at the end of his life and his work was registered, and was set in the Protestant focus, then existing in Valladolid, strictly suppressed, explained the director of the Miguel Delibes Foundation, Fernando Zamacola. did

This exhibition, still without a location and which will coincide with the opening of the foundation’s new headquarters, will be open for “five or six months” and will primarily include a restored manuscript of “El Hereje”, more than seventy pages affected by the water flood that occurred in 2011. The writer’s home was damaged in June.

The Foundation preserves all manuscripts

“The foundation preserves all the manuscripts” of the first novel except “The shadow of the cypress is long”, which, due to the acidic composition of the paper used by Delibes, easily decays, Zamakola explained during a press conference where he presented. Activities planned for the 2022/2023 academic year.

It includes a digital version of a dictionary containing terms, expressions, words and phrases from novels, essays and articles on peasant speech, geography, flora, fauna and hunting jargon.

Another of the planned activities is the broadcast, starting from October 5 on the La 8 Valladolid channel of Radio Television Castilla y León, of short readings, lasting two or three minutes, of fragments of the works of Miguel Delibes that will be interspersed between programs. Institutional representatives, cultural arenas and citizens will act in it.

“We want to show that we are all readers of Delibes” while promoting the reading and knowledge of his works and “to show his connection to all areas of society”, he notes.

“The Voice of Delibes”, the initiative’s motto, will initially consist of 45 videos that will be broadcast over about a year and a half.

Shared memories

On October 17, the author’s birthday, the “Shared Memories” project will begin in Moledo (Cantabria), birthplace of “El Camino”, eight intergenerational meetings between adults and teenagers to exchange knowledge.

Delibes pauses the interview and ponders the answer. Credit Photo/EFE

Finally, among other activities, the Miguel Delibes Foundation will open the “Beyond the Novel” exhibition in Valladolid on October 14, created by the community of Madrid and focusing on theater and cinema as the personal and literary axis of the novelist.

His links to cinema as an amateur, extra, dubbing actor, critic and cartoonist, would share thematic space with other areas devoted to theatrical and cinematographic adaptations of his novels, and would include screenings of “El Camino” (1963) as a novelty. ), the first film version of a story by Delibes directed by Ana Mariscal and rescues her son. EFE

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