Tegucigalpa, Dec 2 (EFE).- The Honduran writer José Manuel Torres Funes presented this week in Guadalajara (Mexico), his most recent book, “Like the iguanas”, with eleven stories, among which one about a sochanter stands out. about Maní’s auto-da-fe.
Speaking from Guadalajara, Torres Funes told EFE that the book, by Editorial Arlequín, is being presented within the framework of the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL), and that the story that stands out the most is about “a historical process known but that has not been novelized, nor taken to literature”, although there are a few works on it.
“It is a work of fiction, but it is inspired by an inquisition process in 1562 in the Yucatan Peninsula, where a large part of the Mayan codices were destroyed and hundreds, if not thousands of people, were murdered, in a terrible process that somehow buried a large part of the secrets of the Mayan culture,” explained its author, also a journalist, who resides in Marseille, France.
The story, which caught the attention of the editors, is also “a hook for the public, because it also represents a review, based on fiction, of a somewhat forgotten event in the history of our Latin America.”
Torres Funes highlighted the good reception he has had in Arlequín, an independent publishing house considered among the most important and with the best reputation in the literary world of the state of Jalisco, Mexico.
The author of “This afternoon I saw it rain”, in which he seeks to understand the urban and social identity of his compatriots through political events and power, attended interviews and invitations to universities and schools interested in his work in Guadalajara during the week. new work.
Torres Funes has built a close relationship with the capital of Jalisco since 2016, when he was selected as part of a kind of anthology for the magazine Luvina, from the University of Guadalajara, which selected him among 30 authors for a story he wrote, which had It was previously integrated into an anthology of the Central American story, “A broken mirror”, coordinated by the Nicaraguan Sergio Ramírez and published in 2014.
In that anthology, Torres Funes, son of journalists and also writers Manuel Torres and Lucila Funes, participated with the story “Corazón devolcano.”
“From there I built a relationship with the people of Luvina, who have always opened their doors to me and I have collaborated on other occasions with other stories,” Torres Funes recalled about the ties that unite him with Guadalajara.
In 2021, this 44-year-old Honduran was included in a book that brings together 100 short story writers from around the world, including the American Raymond Bradbury and the Israeli Amos Oz.
Torres Funes enjoys this “unexpected relationship with Guadalajara through Luvina and Arlequín,” because they have “opened their doors to him in a very generous and inspired way.”
In Guadalajara, in addition to promoting his new book, he has also tried to put Central America on the map, which culturally has very little presence in the FIL.
“Central America is conspicuous by its absence in this great cultural manifestation and it is worrying, there is only a small presence of Costa Rica and Guatemala,” lamented Torres Funes.
Not participating in the FIL Guadalajara “is a shame because it means losing the opportunity to be visible, not only in the cultural world, but because it is also a business space, where countries promote themselves, where there is a large influx of people,” added the writer who in 2003 published his first book: “Desfiladero.”