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Older Brother: Where Fiction Meets Reality, Part One
August 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Book Fringe is delighted to bring you an event to celebrate award-winning novelist Daniel Mella’s new book, Older Brother, translate by Megan McDowell.
We are delighted that Daniel Mella is able to join us from Uruguay for an evening of discussion of his latest novel, which focuses on how we understand grief, joy, and the experiences that shape us.
How can we narrate grief? Can we really rationalise death? Pain cannot be told in the present, only in the past; however, Mella chooses to narrate it in the future, as if everything bad is about to happen further down the line, until something reminds him that the future actually arrived a long time ago.
During the summer of 2014, on one of the stormiest days on record to hit the coast of Uruguay, 31-year old Alejandro, lifeguard and younger brother of our protagonist, dies after being hit by lightning. Combining memoir and fiction, this novel is the urgent exploration of the brotherly bond, and the effects that death has on our inner circles. An exploration that takes the author back into his past, and right into the centre of his obsessions.
‘If I can’t be free in my writing, I cannot be free anywhere else’, admits the narrator towards the end of this fascinating book that interweaves fiction with brotherhood and grief at the centre of family relations.
Daniel Mella (Montevideo, Uruguay, 1976) began his career as a writer when he was only 21, with the publication of his first novel, Pogo. Derretimiento, published only a year later in Spain, would gain him the recognition of critics and peers. At the age of 24, after his third novel Noviembre, he retired from writing and returned thirteen years later with a book of short stories entitled Lava, which obtained the Bartolomé Hidalgo Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in Uruguay. His fourth novel, El hermano mayor, which has been very well received by critics in Uruguay, Argentina and Spain, also made Mella a second-time winner of the Bartolomé Hidalgo Prize (2017). Mella’s writings have appeared in several anthologies. He lives in a small coastal town in Uruguay.
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