My Horacio´s Story
The music, the water, the precise word. Tomas Gonzalez is the writer of First was the Sea, a book that is nominated for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (important British recognition), with another of his novels, in Fog at noon. "And he was also so excited she was, but the smoke snow turned herself became nothing, turned water, mud turned fog returned. We must stand still to see it. Will move things a bit and they cling to their illusion of solid, "he wrote on his farm in Cachipay (Cundinamarca) from where he also replied in writing to TIME:
How do you feel when you got nominated for the prize? I'm glad. They are nominating a young writer of 33 years; when I had finished the book, and it's like they're producing changes in my past. Newly I finished the book I thought, without too much modesty, which would be translated into many languages. And that is happening, but decades later than I expected. What does that book means in your life? I wrote taken of the need to understand the death of my brother Juan. In that book I realized that I would devote the rest of my life to write. In recent years he has published at a much faster pace. Do you think the speed in artistic creation can affect the quality of the works?
I think you have the written work that has the best quality, no matter how
long it takes. What happens in my case is that I no longer work for a
living and can devote full time to writing. If I had to work for a
living, The Hard Light would have taken me four years, not two, as each
of the three books that followed. What did it mean for you to do 'Fog
at midday'?I wrote out of necessity, like all my books. I had fun
writing it, it's true, but I did not wrote it for fun but because I had to write
it.Why after "Temporary" and "Wild Love strangers' you wanted to make a
thriller? I am very fond of Chandler, Hammett and Cain. Every so often
return to read them. I'm not theoretical and, other than to say that I
enjoy a lot with humor and efficiency in the use of language and
character creation, you can not think of more to say about them or the
novel. I doubt that my novel strictly belongs to that genre, because I
have womanizing detective, fond of eating and drinking, and only two
policemen who are not chasing murderers but chasing and receiving
bribes appear. But I have dead or deceased, yes, and no murderer. At
about humor and economy of language was first coming working him from
the sea and even before, probably taken by my penchant for crime
writers and other writers like Rulfo and Hemingway, who also like the
right word. The musicianship is decisive in his work. I confess that I
read aloud to find the rhythm and guess what music heard ... I also
read the text aloud. Low rather voice and I've been told that by far is
heard as if praying or reciting mantras. In any case it is a pleasure
to hear that words are being put -well well "placed" a character would
say fine speech I have in the novel. The words are beautiful bodies in
itself, but describe "the unlucky, so grating, so fatal, so gloomy,"
says César Vallejo. In this music, for me it was important to
distinguish between the beautiful and nice, there is always the
temptation to sweeten the matter. I aspire to a musicality with some
sugar Celia Cruz came to my mind, but never too much.
It is a novel of love and hate. It becomes continuation of the series of tales of the distant love of strangers, one that is longer and is novel. It also has the theme of death, as you say, that it weighs as much as love. A brutal tear suffered as Raul can kill and novel tells him that close to the abyss.Is it impossible to separate the love of death?It would seem not. That is why they are mentioned together so often. It must be shown that when love between two people there is always the possibility that the end wounds like Raul and poked cariflaca, black hood and scythe-armed occur. Also in the popular romantic language, love and death appear very close to one another: "I'm dying for you." "I kill your eyes." "Kill me with your kisses, treacherous".What kind of love was interested in telling here? Difficult to name such love. It is an unhealthy love, without sustainability, as sociologists and economists say no future. The person knows the other really did not want or did not love him, he is aware of the monumental flaws of another person, sometimes hates the other person hates, I would kill her, and think you can not live without it. "Neither you nor without you". He himself does not understand how you can be in those. And when finally the abandonment occurs, as you see. It may be pertinent to repeat here Pambelé Boxer response when asked about their marital status. "Acrimonious" he said.
We are nature. It is impossible to create a character without showing how their environment is manifested in him. And if we spoke of changing environment, we would have to tell how that character is related to the new environment and internalized to become part of it. If he fails, he starts to suffer terribly and then either escapes or dies. Raul, abandonment will upset the environment and to change it, let it drift. What about the water? Did you used to mark the rhythms or a character in itself? Water is a symbol of the fluidity of the world. Fluidity and musicality. "The sound of water says what I think," the Taoist Chuang Tze. But it's more than that. Ninety percent do not know how our body is water. We are made of water, we are water. At noon Fog is an essential element of the narrative. It appears from the title and its sound is constant throughout the story. Julia speaks from the water.The character of Julia (poet) is egocentric. Was it a portrait of the literary world in Colombia?My intention was not to portray that world. Novelists and Colombian storytellers I know are people pretty focused on themselves, like me, because that seems to be typical of writers from all latitudes, but work with critical sense of his own work, they are demanding their own work and the others, and that is why at this time is occurring in Colombia unprecedented narrative work. Nor was it my intention to portray the world of poets, because I do not know him very well.
Biography © 2015 Federico Luna