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The novel 'And was also lived', from the caravaqueño Jesús López, recovers the memory of villages and cortijos of the Sierra de Segura (02/02/2018)

The House of Culture 'Emilio Sáez' of Caravaca de la Cruz hosted the presentation of the novel 'And also lived', written by Caravaqueño Jesús López García and edited by Gollarín.

Numerous people completed the capacity of the auditorium to wrap up this presentation, which was enlivened by the Animeros of Caravaca de la Cruz and featured interventions by the mayor, José Moreno, editor Francisco Marín, illustrator Pascual A. Sánchez Salueña, journalist José López Marín and the writer and professor of Literature María Dolores Pérez.

"It is not a book of geography, history or ethnography, but of my own life and I hope that of many of you," said the author before the audience gathered at the House of Culture, among which were some of the protagonists of the novel.

Jesús López also had words of remembrance for the young caravaqueño musician Manuel Montiel, to whom he dedicated the music of the CD that accompanies the book, where you can also listen to the interviews made for the writing of the same.

Recovering the memory of small abandoned villages and remembering the voices of those who occupied farms and fields that are now depopulated is the reason that led Professor Jesús López to write 'Y también se vivía'.

It is a nostalgic novel, in the words of its author, but above all "it is a personal tribute to the generations of grandparents who savored the time, raffled pillages in the mountains, suffered the shortage and went to the cities and left in the fields their wisdom".

The book is set in the mountains northwest of Murcia and neighboring towns Velez Blanco (Almeria), Puebla de Don Fadrique (Granada) and Letur or Nerpio, Albacete.

It is the result of more than a year of interviews with survivors of that time, men and women with whom he talked in their homes and to whom he puts a voice in the story.

The novel takes place today and is structured in a score of independent chapters that recreate the life of those years through a narrator, who travels the fields with an 'alter ego' and, while talking with him, tells anecdotes and forms of life today impossible.

Along with the obvious technological differences that have facilitated the work in the field and solved the communication problems of rural villages, 'And also lived' tells the ways that society had to relate to animals, with neighbors of the other slope of a mountain range or with the own climate.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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