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The Winners Of The Last Planeta Award: “Carmen Mola Has No Limits”

Jorge Díaz, Antonio Mercero and Agustín Martínez, the three authors behind the pseudonym Carmen Mola who have won the last Planeta Prize for their novel La Bestia , have affirmed this Thursday, November 4, that the character created to write novels “has no limits “.

The writers who hide under the name of Carmen Mola.
Who is Carmen Mola, the pseudonym used by the three authors who have won the millionaire Planeta Prize
“Any barbarity that occurs to you, you are going to do it,” said Díaz during the presentation of the winner and finalist of the Planeta Prize in Madrid, at a ceremony held at the Cervantes Institute. Thus, the screenwriter has recalled how already in his first book, the opening scene was that of a corpse eaten by worms.

Without addressing the controversy that arose after the awarding of the award – when it became known that there were three men behind a woman’s name, which led to criticism from various sectors – the three authors have revealed part of the creative process they carry out under this pseudonym.

“From the beginning we set out to make a novel with a hundred chapters and that each one of them ended up high. It is our ambitious project of a fast-paced novel and page flipping, although we know that it is very difficult, ” Mercero pointed out.

“Any outrage that occurs to one, Carmen Mola is going to do it”
For his part, Martínez has admitted that one of the keys during the creation process is “humility”, even going so far as to “end by not really knowing what each one has written.” ” In the process, a mysterious style has been created that is already that of Carmen Mola and not that of Antonio, Jorge or myself ,” he pointed out.

The writers under the pseudonym Carmen Mola Jorge Díaz (i), Agustín Martínez (2i) and Antonio Mercero (3i) pose during the Planeta Prize and Finalist 2021 presentation at the Instituto Cervantes in MadridThe writers under the pseudonym Carmen Mola Jorge Díaz (i), Agustín Martínez (2i) and Antonio Mercero (3i) pose during the Planeta Prize and Finalist 2021 presentation at the Instituto Cervantes in MadridEUROPE PRESS
“This arises from a matter of humility, because we want to put the novel ahead of everything. We are screenwriters before writers and we are already used to being beaten, so we do not mind giving this up because what we want is the best possible novel, “Martinez joked.

For the first time in the saga created by Carmen Mola, it is a historical thriller and a trip to the past instead of a current case. The beast is located in Madrid in 1834 , besieged by a cholera epidemic that turns the Spanish capital into “a barrier to enter and exit.”

” Madrid is a city that we love and we are lucky to be able to say that we are all Madrilenians. It is one more character in the novel at a very wild moment and, in the end, the result is a distorted portrait of what we are living now “Diaz has remarked.

In fact, Martínez has revealed that the story of this book began with the confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic . “We did not know what was going to happen in the present, so we looked to the past,” he stressed.

Last days in Berlin
For her part, the author Paloma Sánchez-Garnica, finalist for her novel Last Days in Berlin , recalled that rescuing these episodes from our recent history can help today’s society “be on alert”, because “the evils of the past also they can come back. “

“We are wrong if we think that this will not come back. A Hitler was born, a Stalin was born and another may be born again . The first thing that totalitarianism does is to persecute and try to silence writers and journalists and this, therefore, is a vindication of freedom “, the writer pointed out.

Last Days in Berlin traces the years when the Russian Revolution began until reaching the last moments of Nazism in Germany. “The question is how is it possible that a society as civilized as the German one enthusiastically supported Nazism or preferred to look the other way,” he concluded.

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