Next Monday, September 23, the novel As Sheep will be presented to the slaughterhouse of José Luis Castillo-Puche.
It will be in the Chamber of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Murcia, on the La Merced Campus.
The event will begin at 20 hours and will feature the interventions of the UMU professor José Belmonte Serrano;
the secretary of the Castillo-Puche Foundation, Liborio Ruiz Molina;
the Councilor for Culture of the City Council of Yecla, Jesús Verdú;
and the editor of La Fea Burguesía, Fernando Fernández Villa.
The presentation of the book is part of the events scheduled for Exlibris, the II International Week of Letters of the Region of Murcia.
As sheep at the slaughterhouse is the first novel in a trilogy, The Cingulum, which the author never completed.
Written in New York City during the summer of 1970, it tells the priestly ordination of four seminarians on a steamy morning in Murcia in July 1936, where the memory of their experiences is interspersed with the liturgical ritual.
The novel is mostly set in the city of Murcia itself, in the surroundings of Belluga Square, and, in it, Castillo-Puche returns to two of the constants we find throughout his work: his education in ecclesiastical centers and the strong impression that the Civil War supposed to him, occurred during his adolescence.
This new edition of the work has an excellent preliminary study and annotations by the UMU professor José Belmonte Serrano, as well as with the collaboration of the Castillo-Puche Foundation and the City Council of Yecla.
José Luis Castillo-Puche (Yecla, Murcia, 1919 Madrid, 2004).
He was a writer, journalist, university professor, essayist and tireless traveler throughout the world during his time as a reporter.
Biographer of Azorín, Pío Baroja and Ramón J. Sender, maintained a great friendship with Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway.
His novels have been studied in universities in Europe and the United States, and he has a record of which few writers can boast: he has been twice the National Prize for Literature (with Death to the Shoulder, in 1952, and with You will know the ground of nothingness , in 1982) and National Prize for Journalism in 1954. After overcoming strong clashes with the living forces of his hometown and censorship, he managed to publish more than twenty-five books, written during fifty years of strong literary activity.
He was Gold Medal of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia and Prize of the Letters.
With the publication of Como sheep at the slaughterhouse of José Luis Castillo-Puche, La Fea Burguesía, an editorial born to highlight the cultural hustle and bustle of our region and give voice to new and also consolidated authors, recover and place The hands of the readers a fundamental work that will achieve their delight.
And keeping the price of â‚¬ 10 per copy.