Martorell is very present in the book ‘Las caras de la fortuna’ by Daniel Harris

Presentation of ‘Las caras de la fortuna’ by Daniel Harris

The author Daniel Harris presented his second book this Friday in the Joan Cererols Auditorium of the Cultural Center, The faces of fortune, a suspense novel where different spaces of Martorell appear. It was at an event where the illustrator and designer from Martorell, Quim Aranda -who presented the author- and Montse López took part in reading excerpts from the work. They were accompanied on stage by the Councilor for Culture, Andreu González.

Harris was born in Madrid, settled in Castellví de Rosanes at an early age and currently resides in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, but maintains a close relationship with Martorell, as he studied at the Pompeu Fabra Institute in our town. Arquitecte tècnic de professió, sempre ha mostrat un neguit envers l’escriptura, que el va dur l’any 2015 a publicar en català i castellà el seu primer llibre: The faded portion of the Croscat.

Presentation of ‘Las caras de la fortuna’. Daniel Harris

In addition, he is also the author of works such as The culture of sleep -an intimate book of a music group he formed himself. O de The illusions of an anniversary, first literary prize Mercè Rodoreda in Castellví de Rosanes. He has made forays into the theater –Dead and kicking– the musical comedy – adaptation of the script of More stopped pa ca– and in the children’s play Piece of zoo. He has also been a finalist for the Celler de les Lletres de Sant Sadurní short film prize, with a work Cava lake. We interviewed him to find out the details of this latest book.

Daniel, tell us how ‘Las caras de la fortuna’ was born?

It came from a course I did at the Escola d’Escriptura de l’Ateneu Barcelonès. It started from an idea that had emerged a long time ago. I worked there and it lasted 3 years. Confinement has been the end point for it to come to light.

The starting point of the play seems to be an accident, right?

Yes, the protagonist is an advertising distributor and just suffers a run over. And coincidences of life, who runs over him is his boss. And they’ll start going through a bunch of things that I don’t want to reveal because it would be spoiler! Yes, I will say that the direction of the events will be read on each page.

Presentation of ‘Las caras de la fortuna’, by Daniel Harris

An event that, of course, triggers good and bad things in the plot?

Yes, there will be ups and downs, a little bit of everything. It’s like a roller coaster, and I hope it makes people enjoy it. An outstanding fact that you will like here is that the novel is set in Martorell. There are many places in the town that appear there.

What corners of Martorell will readers find there?

For example, the Devil’s Bridge or the floodable bridge under the national road, a space under the motorway, the Plaça de les Cultures or the Rambla de les Bòbiles. And there are also other points in the vicinity and outside, from further afield.

Other scenarios also appear, such as Caldes de Montbui, Figueres, Madrid or even Guatemala. Have both Martorell and these other places arisen by chance or do you have any connection with them?

Well, in the case of Guatemala, it comes out because the protagonist is from there. For the rest, it must be said that I studied in Martorell, although I come from Castellví de Rosanes. It occurs to me that I first like to be on a stage and think about what I could do to move a written story. It’s also a way to do a reconnaissance of all the places I’ve spent my youth, especially.

If you had to define or label your novel, in which genre would you place it?

I always comment that it is a contemporary novel of suspense, intrigue and that it also has a bit of reflection and protest, in quotes, about the society we have.

Presentation of ‘Las caras de la fortuna’, by Daniel Harris

We told the presentation that this is not your first published book…

It would be the second. Abans vaig treure en català i en castellà The faded portion of the Croscat. It is set in this volcano of La Garrotxa, very characteristic for having a part excavated in the form of cheese or portion, and also in Olot. That’s what I told you before: this idea of ​​locating a territory and making it known through pages and lines. It’s a great place and I highly recommend going there, if you haven’t already.

By profession you are a technical architect, but at the same time you are also passionate about writing. Apparently they are two very distant fields: science and letters. How do they get married?

I think writing also has a technical aspect. When working on a novel, I also make it very structured and gridded following various methods that I have learned in writing and that I have been trying. It is a matter of structuring the chapters, the parts it must have, making the forecast and working on it as if it were a work plan. There is also literary structure.

Where can we purchase the book?

Through the usual digital commerce platforms and the website of the publishing house Libros Indie, but also in any bookstore in Martorell. If they don’t have it at the time, you’ll have to wait a bit and they’ll surely ask the dealers for it. I understand that yesterday was the day of the bookstores, because we need to give life to these establishments that we have so close.

After the second book, is the third on the way?

Yes! Following a writing workshop in which I am in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, a new youth novel is emerging, written in Catalan, which we are finishing. We are missing some chapters so that it has an exit and can be finished soon.


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