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José Ángel Mañas and Mercedes Fisteus, awards of Novel Ateneo de Sevilla, promote their books in Malaga


José Ángel Mañas, Seville Athenaeum Novel Award 2019, with 'The Last Spree', and Mercedes Fisteus, Young Athenaeum Novel Award, with 'Within two years' will be this next Tuesday, November 26, in Malaga to promote their books.

Mañas belongs to the generation of Spanish neo-realist novelists of the 90s along with authors such as Lucía Etxebarría or Ray Loriga. When 25 years of his first great novel, "Stories of the Kronen", wins this award with the sequel: "The Last Spree".

Then I was just over 20 years old and a group of friends met at the Kronen bar and consumed youth based on sex, alcohol and drugs. After 25 years, they work and do not make a living, even some have married and have children. Now, drunkenness has become oenology, but something happens, a reunion, on which this novel takes place, published by Algaida.

The author is satisfied with the novel, which he defines as "casual, provocative, hooligan" and despite being a sequel to that great work, he emphasizes that whoever does not know the Kronen can read 'The Last Spree' as a perfectly dependent novel.


Together with Mañas, he will also be in Malaga on November 26 promoting his novel the young Mercedes Fisteus, born in 1995. He has won the Young Athenaeum Prize in Seville at 23 with a story about witches, "about one of the witch hunts most famous in history, Salem. "

It deals with one of the historical events "most manipulated by literature and cinema but from a point of view never before explored, that of Judge Sir William Stoughton", in a plot that happened in the seventeenth century. A combination of fantasy and reality that dances on ethical and legal considerations of something that "did not turn only on religion."

The young writer, who currently resides in Madrid, chooses the judge as the protagonist, a character with a certain "psychological depth that is constantly evolving" and whose skin was not easy to get into, as the author points out.

Fisteus believes that the novel is the story "perfect for sitting at a table to the followers of the witch hunts and those who discover them recently."