Ernesto Mallo. Interview with the creator of Inspector Lascano

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Ernesto mallo, Argentine from La Plata (1948), has lived in Spain for a long time and his career is long and prestigious, not only in literature. Writer, journalist, translator, university professor, communicator, editorial advisor, bookseller, founder of BAN! (Buenos Aires detective novel festival)… His extensive experience is rounded off with a literary career that includes novels, theater and short stories included in several titles. His best-known novels are those that make up the series starring Commissioner Lascano, or the Lascano Dog, as it is known.

He won, among others, the Silverio Cañada Memorial Award from the Black Week of Gijón (2007). And, in addition to Lascano's novels, he has published The locket, you will see me fall and over ten plays among which are The vaccine seven paintings. They have translated it into twelve languages. In this interview that he grants us tells us about the last title in the series, Old dog, but also other topics. I really appreciate your time and kindness dedicated.

Old dog

La sixth installment by Commissioner Lascano was published in January and we found him admitted to El Hogar, a luxury geriatric residence, where he was in his lowest hours. Furthermore, a crime has just been committed there. crime who turns out to be the main suspect. Not even he himself is sure that he did not commit it because his memory lapses are becoming more and more frequent. Still, he feels the call of duty and accepts collaborate with the police in an investigation that could put him in jail. However, the search for the culprit will reveal that there are many who have more than enough reasons to have eliminated the victim.

Ernesto Mallo — Interview

  • ACTUALIDAD LITERATURA: Commissioner Lascano has returned in Old dog. What do you tell us in this latest novel and why will it be of interest?

ERNESTO MALLO: It is a vitalist vindication of old age, a stage of twilight existence that literature rarely takes into account. Dreams, desire and aversion to being classified as a patient, victim or incapacitated encourage a very lively Lascano. He lives in a luxury residence and breaks into the scene of a crime, the slitting of another resident's throat, without knowing if the murderer is himself. Some memory blackouts weigh him down with the same ambiguity with which some loved ones disturb his dreams like apparitions. I can't say more about what it is about without ruining the intrigue.

I think it will be interesting becauses a stage to which they can reach the lucky ones and it is closer than you might think. Furthermore, it is a challenge to the reader to see if they are able to discover the murderer before reaching the end.

  • AL: Can you remember any of your first readings? And the first thing you wrote?

EM: The books by Emilio Salgari and the stories that my grandfather Vincenzo told me at nap time.

  • AL: A leading author? You can choose more than one and from all periods.

ME: Shakespeare, Borges, Beckett.

  • AL: What character would you have liked to meet and create?

EM: To the Lascano Dog now Macbeth.

  • AL: Any special habits or habits when it comes to writing or reading?

ME: Soledad and the oldest silence possible.

  • AL: And your preferred place and time to do it?

EM: I prefer the morning, always.

  • AL: What other genres do you like? 

ME: All, if they are well written.

Current outlook

  • AL: What are you reading now? And writing?

ME: The secret life of the mind, by Mariano Sigman (not fiction). I am writing a novel set in the world of theater.

  • AL: How do you think the publishing scene is?

ME: In crisis, as usual. But literature will prevail, it is inevitable.

  • AL: How do you feel about the current moment we live in? 

EM: With great disgust. Human beings have proven to be the most harmful species that inhabits the planet. We are monkeys with machine guns.

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