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The Murcia Claudio Cerda presents his first crime novel (20/06/2011)

It's called The Country of the Blind and year end will be translated into French.

The writer Claudio Cerda (Yecla, 1981) is notable for its youth.

Before he was thirty and has published three books.

The latest entitled The Country of the Blind and is its first foray into the detective genre.

A novel set in the darker side of Alicante, with cops and criminals parading its pages.

"This is a hardboiled crime novel type, in the tradition of writers like Hammett, Ellroy or John Madrid," said Claudius himself.

"I once read that Alicante had the highest crime rate per capita, above Madrid. That was what made me decide on the coastal city. Today there is no need to locate a thriller in Barcelona or New York : if we even come stories of Norwegian villages do not appear on maps. "

The novel tells the story of The Eye, a bully who feels old and tired when released from prison after five years in prison.

As a good example of the genre gangster, has no intention to reintegrate into society.

Revenge, drug trafficking and violence go hand in hand in the pages of The Country of the Blind.

In the words of its author, "One Eye knows only deliver punches. The problem comes when you have to investigate a death that you can be charged. At that time must exercise improvised detective while fleeing the police and even his former band , who wants him dead. "

The promotion has led to cities such as Claudio Zaragoza, Valencia and Madrid, where he signed the Book Fair.

The official presentation took place in Alicante on their own pages, framed within the Black May days.

In the coming weeks plans to go to Murcia, Almeria, Sevilla, Granada, Malaga and perhaps Asturias.

"It would be a perfect finale to present the book in the Semana Negra de Gijón," says the author.

"My two previous novels and were very well received, and the truth is that I feel at home. La Semana Negra is the most important literary festival in Spain, you can not compare to anything."

Friday June 24 will present the novel in the Culture House in Yecla at 20.00.

The editorial Madrid Ilarion was responsible for editing and you're on the list of best selling Fnac.

The novel was shortlisted for the Prix Language Rag and is delighting the critics.

Suffice as an example the phrase has promotional cover, signed by the famous writer Charles Salem: "Cerdan retrieves the wildest side of the genre, in which morality takes second place or becomes a moral asphalt, hard, indisputable . At times it reminds me of the best teachers Andreu Martín y Juan Madrid: the crime as code and speech, livelihood and road to disaster. "

At the end of the year is expected to translate the work of Claudio French.


"Curiously, while soaking up the speed and dynamism of pigs, do not remember any name except his own. The just his prose draws us all even more bizarre scenarios with a brutality so elegant that at any moment the scene Raw is hard "

(LH Magazin)

"A first foray into the genre, and I know not the last, in which the author demonstrates that he knows perfectly the rules of the game combines the even-violence-free, cynicism and black humor, and do not forget that if the genre dies, it will kill "

(Revista Calibre .38)

"Claudio Cerda has beaten me. Yes, I was beaten and repeatedly in recent days. When I started reading his novel The Country of the Blind never thought I could hit anyone in the pages of a book, and he has done with impunity. If I had to put a name to Claudio Tarantino would be to black literature. "

(Literary Chronicles)

"Where lies the strength of the country of the blind? Would be easy to say that the main character, but without doubt his commitment to a transgressive style, much of the street. And that makes it as we get into matters an overwhelming first chapter, you can not ignore this novel. And it's not a superhero, has its weaknesses, and that's where it breaks the shell of tough guy who holds all his scenes. "

(Anika Between Books)

"The novel has a magic of its own, so typical that when you walk you want to account for one hundred and fifty page can not stop. Structured in short chapters and a continuous action does not stop for anything and page after page drags us towards the protagonist, a character so reprehensible as honest. I have to talk about the narrative pulse, which is incessant and leaves hardly a break, something really difficult to achieve since it does not get bored or even tired, but we read with us more forward if possible. "



"What put you behind bars is easy. Rob a bank, shops robbed, curses royalty, hit your wife, your friends or the dog, smoke in public, hire a hooker, fiddling with pills, viola, kills , destroys or just ask a mortgage. Sooner or later end up in the shade with monkeys uncles rifándose dice your ass. "Duran-Eye is released from prison after five years, but it feels old and worn.

Betrayed by his former band, soon returns to make a name in a corrupt and hostile city.

Extortion, bribery and drug trafficking are your business card.

One-Eyed only understands one language: violence.

And it's all a experto.El money comes fast, and also the problems with the appearance of the corpse of one of his camels.

Determined to maintain his cover legal, One Eye investigate the murder by the police chased and harassed by his old buddies, looking immersed in a web of interests ranging from the Russian mafia to colombiana.Y, through the storm of lead and blood the streets whisper that Magellan, the maniac who nearly killed him in prison, is back by barrio.Una novel full of colorful characters, sharp dialogue, black humor and social criticism.

The Country of the Blind is a stab in the stomach, compelling and addictive.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Yecla

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