Photography: Carlos Battaglini, courtesy of the author.
Carlos Battaglini, Lanzarote and dedicated to the diplomacy in the Foreign Service of the European Union, has made his debut in literature with a book of 10 stories which has already garnered rave reviews. titled I'm out of here, in this interview He tells us about himself and other matters. I am very grateful for the time and kindness he dedicated to him.
- LITERATURE NEWS: Your debut in literature has been with a book of stories, I'm out of here. What do you tell us about them and where did the idea come from?
CARLOS BATTAGLINI: People who want to change their lives. That is the main idea of the book. It speaks of us, humans, of you, of me, of the one who is now reading these lines. Characters looking for a place in the chaos of life. Some with better luck than others, but everyone tries. This is a book that I worked on for many years. The theme developed by itself, there was no set plan, but when I started to put them together I realized that it concerned the human being and his circumstances, as Ortega said.
- AL: Can you remember any of your first readings? And the first story you wrote?
CB: Without a doubt. The little Vampire It had a great influence on my childhood. It was the only book that managed to calm me down. I also fondly remember Salgari, the books of Choose your own adventure, The steamboat, Lynx and Amy, the Superhumors… The first thing I wrote was a story at school, the one you think is good and, when you read it twenty years later, you can only smile; Better than crying (laughs).
- AL: A head writer? You can choose more than one and from all eras.
CB: Cortázar and his stories in the first place, don Benito Perez-Galdos, Henry Miller, Salinger, Carver, Updike, Valle-Inclan, Hood, bronte, Hesse, Saer, Sábato, Borges, Bernhard… So many and so many.
- AL: What character in a book would you have liked to meet and create?
CB: Life with Madame Bovary It could have been very intense (laughs).
- AL: Any special hobby or habit when it comes to writing or reading?
CB: The site, the uglier the better. No sea, no sunsets, no little birds. Just silence, white walls and a bit of fury.
- AL: And your preferred place and time to do it?
CB: I guess because of the morning, which always ends up being noon or mid-afternoon. It is what has to suffer a species insomnia.
- AL: Are there other genres that you like?
CB: I like all genres, that's my problem, I would like to write an opera, but life forces me to prioritize. The truth is I really enjoy good literature. regardless of the genre, although I may value a good novel more because of the hard work that goes into it.
- AL: What are you reading now? And writing?
CB: I'm rereading The Miserables, and I admit that it is costing me, although it is inevitable to learn from a giant like Victor Hugo. Last, on the other hand, a play based on a true story about a brave and mysterious girl, and that takes place during the Cold War.
- AL: How do you think the publishing scene is and what decided you to try to publish?
CB: The publishing landscape is a reflection of society, with its advantages and disadvantages. That is, if you work hard, believe and don't give up, things should go well. Of course, the road will be full of thorns and nothing and no one will make it easy for you. The sooner you know, the better. Life itself.
The idea of publishing is to reach the largest number of public possible under a format that meets a minimum of rigor and professionalism.
- AL: Is the moment of crisis that we are experiencing being difficult for you or can you keep something positive for future stories?
CB: It was always difficult to write, there was always hunger, lack of means, loneliness. The one who really writes knows this and continues against all odds, through an irrational force of impetus and illusion. Writer is the one who does not expect anything in return; Kevin Spacey already said it in a movie dedicated to Salinger.