Lauded Spanish feminine crime author revealed to be three males

2021-10-17 19:05:30

Tv scriptwriters Agustín Martínez, Jorge Díaz and Antonio Mercero shocked friends, who included Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia, on the Planeta awards Friday once they took to the stage to select up the prize cash and reveal the celebrated crime writer didn’t really exist.

On the web site for Mola’s agent, the author — who has been in comparison with Italy’s esteemed novelist Elena Ferrante — is described as a “Madrid-born writer” writing underneath a pseudonym in a bid to stay nameless. The outline for Mola on the web site additionally comprises a sequence of images of an unknown girl wanting away from the digital camera.

In earlier interviews with Spanish media, Martínez, Díaz and Mercero had offered Mola as a feminine college professor who lived in Madrid along with her husband and youngsters.

Mola’s novels often revolve across the character of detective Elena Blanco, described by writer Penguin Random Home as a “peculiar and lonely girl” and a lover of “grappa, karaoke, collectors’ vehicles and intercourse in SUVs.”

Nevertheless, the guide that gained the Planeta prize was not a narrative that includes Blanco. It’s a historic thriller known as “The Beast” set throughout a cholera epidemic in 1834 and facilities round a serial killer who’s hunted down by a journalist, a policeman and a younger girl.

The Mola novels are well-known for being gory and graphic — and Spanish media has famous prior to now that the distinction between Mola’s supposed life as a married college professor and the violent nature of the books served as a helpful advertising instrument.

In an interview with the actual authors following the revelation, Spain’s El Mundo newspaper reported: “It isn’t misplaced on anybody that the concept of a college professor and mom of three, who teaches algebra courses within the morning and, within the afternoon, writes novels of savage and macabre violence has been advertising operation.”

The information shocked many fellow literary figures — and never everyone seems to be thrilled in regards to the information. Beatriz Gimeno, who describes herself as a author and a feminist — and who was as soon as the director of the Girls’s Institute, a key nationwide equality physique in Spain — took to Twitter to criticize Martínez, Díaz and Mercero.

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In a tweet, Gimeno stated: “Past utilizing a feminine pseudonym, these guys have spent years doing interviews. It isn’t simply the title, it is the pretend profile they’ve used to absorb readers and journalists. Scammers.”

In 2020, a regional department of the Girls’s Institute included Mola’s work as a part of a choice of “feminist studying” alongside Canadian poet Margaret Atwood and Spanish author Irene Vallejo.

Mola was nonetheless listed as an writer on the Penguin Random Home web site over the weekend. CNN has reached out to Penguin Random Home for remark however has not acquired a reply but.

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