“I wrote poetry, because a friend encouraged me to do it; storyteller, because I wanted to win, being in very bad economic situation, a prize in a contest; novelist, because I could not stop.”
From the stories Manuel Rojas evolves to the novel as a natural and logical step, where literary materials come mainly from its own life experiences. First in “Lanchas en la bahía”, tinged by lyrical accents related to his beginnings in literature, and then Born Guilty (“Hijo de ladrón”), which starts his fundamental tetralogy completed by “Mejor que el vino”, “Sombras contra el muro”, and “La oscura vida radiante”. Written and published over a period of two decades, these four novels describe the life of its protagonist Aniceto Hevia –the literary alter ego of the author– from childhood to middle age. In 2015 the chilean Zig-Zag publishers published Rojas’ tetralogy under the title of “Tiempo irremediable”.
Rojas’ novels are completed with “La ciudad de los Césares” a fiction exercise not quite achieved, according to the author himself, and “Punta de rieles”, an agile and emotional human dialogue between two socially distant beings, but joined by the devaluation of life.
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|Lanchas en la bahía||La ciudad de los Césares||Hijo de ladrón||Mejor que el vino|
|Punta de rieles||Sombras contra el muro||La oscura vida radiante|